Description of the painting by Vasily Kandinsky "Cossacks"

Description of the painting by Vasily Kandinsky

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The name of the painting by the Russian artist, one of the founders of such a direction in painting, as abstract art, by Vasily Kandinsky was not taken from the air at all, but based on real events: during the First Russian Revolution, the Cossacks triumphantly entered Moscow. Impressed by this entry, the artist created this canvas.

Like most abstract works, at first glance it seems that the picture depicts a set of obscure lines, shapes and colors. However, this is not so, the painter has everything in its place.

Here we really see five Cossacks. At the top left, two on horseback with sabers. At the bottom right, against the backdrop of a blue hill, three more in red hats. Two of them hold black peaks, raised up, the third - a blue saber (checker), lowering it down. Men look noble and important.

A special role in the picture is played by colors. A lot of white and blue represents life, novelty, rebirth, tranquility. At the same time, the presence of black speaks of tragedies, of death (which inevitably arose from bloody revolutions). Red color can symbolize both courage and fearlessness of male Cossack warriors, and blood - as a continuation of black.

In abstraction, lines are always of the utmost importance. In Kandinsky, horizontal lines are weakness, cowardice, fear; verticals, on the contrary, are courage, fearlessness, courage, patriotism, strength ...

Summing up the above, it should be said that the artist, applying strokes one after another, created this picture easily, freely and even slightly carelessly, without pretentiousness, without excessive gloss. The viewer, looking at the "Cossacks", feels this lightness, freedom embraces his being, and he becomes an involuntary participant in the events depicted on the canvas.

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