Wassily Kandinsky Prints

Written by Serena Berger
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Wassily Kandinsky prints show the work of a true master of composition, form, and color. From a busy work such as Multicolored Circles 1921 to a simple study of color with geometrics forms such as Color Studies, Kandinsky explored shapes and tones in a way no one had done before. While these are thematically his simplest paintings, they show hints of many techniques Kandinsky would develop later in his career.

Many scholars have hypothesized that Kandinsky's work was so unique and innovative because he was a synaesthete. This means that he could see sound as color and hear color as sound. While most of us can't imagine what that would be like, for Kandinsky it was a window into a new world of art. And while most of us can't look at his works and imagine what he heard while painting them, it is easy to sense a musicality within them--rhythms, harmonies, and even melodies tease the edges of your consciousness as you look at his works, if you let them.

Imagination in Abstract Wassily Kandinsky Prints

Wassily Kandinsky prints typically have little to do with reality. He was concerned with rendering emotional states in a non-representational framework. Many critics have placed him at the generative stages of the Abstract movement in art, though this title has never been formalized the way Monet or Picasso has been canonized as the Master or Father of his respective field.

Take, for example, Swinging--one of the most popular Wassily Kandinsky prints. Presumably without looking at the painting, you would assume "swinging" referred to an object or a person going back and forth on a pendulum of some sort--perhaps literally a person on a swing, and if not something so literal, at least an arc or movement in the work that captures the sense of swinging. But instead what we have is a distinctly Kandinskian color-shape study, dominated by triangles, circles, and a multi-colored checkerboard. While the composition is interestingly balanced, both in terms of weight and color, it is an abstract work, rendered the more abstract by its seeming disconnect with its title.


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