L'œuvre Mit dem schwarzen Bogen (Avec l'arc noir) - Centre Pompidou


Mit dem schwarzen Bogen (Avec l'arc noir)


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Vassily Kandinsky (1866 - 1944)

Mit dem schwarzen Bogen

(Avec l'arc noir)

(Avec l'arc noir)


Huile sur toile

189 x 198 cm

Oeuvre réalisée à Munich à l'automne 1912

Donation Mme Nina Kandinsky, 1976

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 1976-852

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Description for the presentation in the National Museum of Modern Art

A thick black arch stretches over three colour blocks, holding them at a distance as they are apparently on the point of collision

Vassily Kandinsky has invented a world of moving shapes and colours. In quivering touches, lines dissociate from colour, creating as much discord as alliance. Adopting composer Arnold Schönberg’s dissonance principle, this research led him to abstract pictorial language. He distances himself from appearances, too fleeting, to reach the inner world where souls vibrate. For him, painting needs to engender strong sensations, as when listening to a concert.

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Description for the presentation 2015-2016 in the National Museum of Modern Art

In this large abstract, three discrete areas of colour laid out in triangular fashion are held in tension by an inflected line that recalls the douga, the characteristic yoke of the Russian troika. With Mit dem schwarzen Bogen [With the Black Arch], Wassily Kandinsky declares that a painting may be constructed on the basis of dissociation of colour and line and through a dissonance that relates through tension and contradiction not harmony. Discovered in the music of his friend Arnold Schönberg, the principle of dissonance would be central to Kandinky’s work between 1908 and 1914.

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