About Wassily Kandinsky Paperweight – Delicate Tension no. 85 (1923)
This beautiful glass half dome Parastone Kandinsky Paperweight features the abstract watercolor work made by the Russian Painter and art theorist, “Delicate Tension no. 85” (1923). Currently, on display at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Wassily Kandinsky marks this work as number 85 in a series of watercolors titled Zarte Spannung (Delicate Tension) made during 1922 and 1923. Kandinsky’s Delicate Tension shows color being relegated to fill in certain forms and takes on colder hues than in previous works found in earlier periods of Kandinsky’s artistic career. The markedly geometric compositions appear to have been drawn with a ruler and compasses. Delicate Tension was executed by Kandinsky at the Bauhaus during the prestigious school’s most rationalist period under the directorship of Theo van Doesburg, from 1923 to 1925. During these years the initial Expressionistic style of this avant-garde center evolved towards greater commitment to the Constructivist aesthetic which was spreading internationally. Kandinsky delved more deeply in his investigation of the correspondences between forms and colors, and the geometric shapes found in his works from this period, which is sometimes described as “cold, ” are basically the circle and the triangle, which he considered to be “the two primary and most strongly contrasting plane figures.” More Parastone Wassily Kandinsky Paperweight – Delicate Tension no. 85 (1923):
- Dimension: 3″ x 3″x 1.5″H inches
- Weight: 0.75 lbs (est)
- Material: Half-dome Glass, Velvet.
- Original artwork: Kandinsky, Wassily. Delicate Tension no. 85. 1923. Watercolor and ink on paper. 35.5 x 25 cm. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.
About Wassily Kandinsky
Abstract artist Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. Kandinsky “analyses on the interrelation between forms and colors resulted not from random brush strokes but from the painter “inner experience. This pioneer was celebrated as a true poet who could create an aesthetic experience that engaged the sight, sound, and emotions of the public without copying nature. Like Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky was also inspired by Helena Blavatsky’s Theosophy which reflected in his quest to explore the depth of human feelings through art. After World War I broke out, Kandinsky moved back to Russia, where he ultimately proved no longer capable of feeling at home there. He then returned to Germany in 1921 and was appointed as a lecturer at the Bauhaus Academy in Weimar.