ABOUT THIS PAINTING: The Modern Art Movement of the 20th Century was very much about throwing off the shackles of traditional representational art, and experimenting with visual styles, and spawning new philosophies, such as cubism, fauvism, Dadaism, abstract art, and on and on.
Among the prominent figures in the Modern Art movement was Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky was a Russian born artist and theorist, who felt you could abstract or extract the elements of art in their purist form to create a new art.
Artists traditionally used the elements of art; line, color, shapes, tone, etc., to create a representational view of the world. However, Kandinsky theorized that those same elements by themselves had intrinsic value and meaning, and that by isolating those elements, one could create a new or purer type of art. And thus was born Abstract art.
One of the finest examples of Abstract art is Kandinsky’s Yellow-Red-Blue. In this painting the artist uses just the elements of art of to create a wholly new style of art. The painting can be divided in two halves, a sort of left brain/right brain thing. The left side is the more analytical, more orderly, with hard straight and curved lines, geometric shapes, like triangles and circles and rectangles, and pale colors.
The right is anything but orderly. The right is more expressive. The colors are dark and rich, lines are thick and thin, curved lines taper, odd shapes abound, and little Rubik’s cubes of color punctuate the canvas.
The title itself should tell you something, yellow, red and blue being the primary colors from which all other colors are derived.
Here is the virtue and the challenge of modern art. It disrupts our notions of what is art, while enticing with its beauty. It is exciting and perhaps a little dangerous.