K is for Kandinsky


K is for Kandinsky

Today is day eleven of the A to Z Challenge

In this challenge I am taking the opportunity to learn more about art and the painters.

Kandinsky one

Autumn Landscape with Boats, 1908

Wassily Kandinsky 1866 – 1944




coloring outside the lines

a new aesthetic



Wassily (Vasily) Kandinsky was born in Odessa, in 1886, where he spent his early years. His father was from near Mongolia, his mom from Moscow and grandma from the German speaking Baltic. He was gifted at an early age. His family encouraged him by sending him to private drawing classes. Despite this early propensity for art he didn’t give it his full attention until he was age thirty; and not before Moscow University, law school, and teaching law. Where did his love of bright colors come from?  That has been with him since childhood, what little kid does not like bright colors.

Kandinsky was influenced by Monet’s haystacks. He was the father of abstract art, he published his first book,“Concerning the Spiritual in Art (1911)”, yes he did this more than once. This was a theoretical treatise on abstraction that articulated his theory that the artist was a spiritual being that communicated through and was affected by line, color, and composition. Now, it is thought that color does have an effect on psyche, mood etc. So I guess he wasn’t far off. He was a very interesting guy. He moved to France in 1932 after his work was targeted by the Germans and considered “degenerate”. He lived in France until his death in 1944.

The little I know of Kandinsky I remember the geometric, puzzle-like shapes with splashes of primary colors. This is different from the breathlessness of the first piece (that’s how I felt when I first saw it).

The funniest thing I read about Kandinsky was that one of his tutors told him his colors were too bright! If they only knew.:)

Composition-VIII (1)


Composition VII 1913  

Wassily Kandinsky 1866 – 1944




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H is for Hamilton

H is for Hamilton

Today is day eight of the Blogging A to Z Challenge

elaine hamilton

photo credit: wiki

Title unknown, date unknown.

Elaine Hamilton, oil on canvas, 48″x28″. (1920 –2010)


all about the art

an independent woman

holding her own



Elaine Hamilton-O’Neal, was an internationally known American abstract painter and muralist born near Catonsville, Maryland. She exhibited internationally in solo and multiple-artist exhibits in the United States, Mexico, South Asia, Japan, and throughout Europe. She is known for the work of her final stylistic phase, known as action painting. This is the definition of action painting, sometimes called “gestural abstraction”- it is a style of painting in which paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied. Jackson Pollock did that. In the late 1940s to early 1950s, her work exhibited earthy textures and colors, as well as heavy, sculpted, cubist forms. It was increasingly abstract. I am so proud of myself, I actually identified this painting as abstract and cubist before I read it! Some of this stuff is sinking in.

Hamilton moved to Paris. In 1971, she bought a chateau in France, where she lived and worked for the next 30 years. She lived in New York, a tent at base camp of Mount Everest.  I wonder if she climbed it. Well, she got in the ring with a bull, as a bullfighter so its entirely possible. She was married forever, I think 60 years, but they spent most of their married lives apart. No divorce, just her doing her thing and him doing his. Those are the ones the last the longest.