Wassily Kandinsky (Russia, 1866 - 1944)
Sur Fond Noir
Signed “K” and dated“40”
Wool tapestry handwoven by Atelier Tabard, Aubusson
Measures: H 260 x W 190 cm; H 102.4 x W 74.8 in,
The tapestry “Sur Fond Noir” was created in c.1940, where from 1934 to 1944 Kandinsky is in its Great Synthesis period.
Biomorphic forms with supple, non-geometric outlines appear in his paintings — forms which suggest microscopic organisms but express the artist's inner life. Kandinsky used original colour compositions, evoking Slavic popular art. Sur Fond Noir tapestry is emblematic of this period. This period corresponds to a synthesis of Kandinsky's previous work in which he used all elements and enriched them. Small squares of colours and coloured bands stand out against the black background. The pastel tones cover the composition and form a mass which seems to float in the center of the tapestry.
According to Will Grohmann, in 1940 - 1944, “Kandinsky still pursues his explorations, but now they are more secure and more sensitive; in both, black is set against the most delicate greens, pinks, and light blues.” This tapestry represents perfectly this deep and touching last period of Kandinsky.
In Kandinsky’s work some characteristics are obvious, while certain touches are more discrete and veiled; they reveal themselves only progressively to those who deepen their connection with his work. He intended his forms to resonate with the observer's soul, in this tapestry, his intentions are fulfilled.
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