Zeichenreihen (Rows of Signs) is probably the best example of this theory. It proclaims Kandinsky’s almost mystical role in creating a language of 20th century art. His arrangement of hieroglyphic symbols and ciphers is almost alphabetic. The picture seems like a code to a secret world known only to its painter.
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The dominating elements of the painting are two steeply rising mountains, whose summits are a rider on a white horse and a church, facing one another. Dimly visible on the left is a group of indistinct figures a crowd of people incorporated into the landscape. A giant figure on the right is also immersed into the landscape forming a luminescent symphony of colors. The interaction between the magical world of images and the overall color combinations formed…
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The amorphous shapes and colorful strokes of paint in this painting have that abstract appearance, but they form some recognizable pictures which the artist created to portrait his, often biblical, subject matter.
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Kandinsky’s transition into abstraction is triggered by his spirituality, but in this period also influenced by the ideas of the Bauhaus community: how to link the imaginary and real and apply abstractly designed solutions to real-world problems. The book he wrote after “Concerning the Spiritual in Art” shows the vast inspiration in his schools work even in its title: “From Point to Line to Plane”. The artist began combining emotional with the mechanical, the intuitive with the rational…
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This artwork of monumental proportions is an entirely abstract work, with enormous thematic complexity. Kandinsky executed over 30 studies for this painting in various mediums, such as oil sketches, ink drawings and watercolors; most of these studies are about the compositional structure, while others are basically paintings on…
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Another great design that came out of the Bauhaus, the Folding Table by Gustav Hassenpflug.
This is a design that is often imitated even today, nearly 80 years after the original was designed in 1928. It’s proof that good design and good ideas never get old or outdated. The Bauhaus workshops produced much of what we still consider modern today, even after almost a century.
This folding table is made of wood and when fully closed is only 9cm wide (that’s less than 4 inches). Fine craftsmanship and world class design made the Bauhaus famous.