Schoenberg & Kandinsky

The Jewish Museum is currently hosting a Wassily Kandinsky exhibit! At a friend’s invitation we headed off to enrich our lives!

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I really like Kandinsky’s work. The colour, movement, and flow all speak to me.

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The exhibition, for those of you that didn’t follow the link above, is also about a good friend of his, Arnold Schoenberg. They were both highly influenced by music, Schoenberg being a composer as well as a painter.

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This next painting at first glance was all black, but the picture was in the texture. Obviously this was difficult to catch on camera, but I think you can just make out the tree on the left, and the path up the middle, with the figure on the right.

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We had a lot of fun walking around and just discussing life, and what emotions were evoked from each art work.

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This one reminds me of a mind exploding with ideas and thoughts, to the sound of some stirring music with tympani and cannons!

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What thoughts and feelings does this painting evoke for you?

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Part of the reason why I’m sure this exhibit had come to the attention of my friend, was that she is a Sovietologist. Kandinsky was Russian. So of course, as we exited through the gift shop, there may have been a purchase or two made …

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It was a glorious day. Both for a coming together of friends, and exploring in the Amsterdam Russian Quarter.

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For those of you that don’t know, that building on the left is the Amsterdam branch of the world famous Hermitage, bathed in beautiful Netherlands yellow light. I know why all those artists loved it so much here!

*breathes in deep and lives the moment*

One thought on “Schoenberg & Kandinsky

  1. The fifth and sixth paintings put me in mind of some of Klee’s works; unfortunately, I’m unable to explain to my own satisfaction why my brain makes the comparison. The sixth one makes me think of music, though not a particular instrument but rather more a visualization of sound.

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