Wassily Kandinsky – the colours

The colour scheme on this painting by Wassily Kandinsky is mainly quite cold, with its shades of purples and blues alongside darker tones of red and a dull shade of yellow, broken up with think black squiggles, marks and shapes. On the left side there is an image of a lighthouse and so the image itself and the surrounding area is the brighter area of the painting. Bursting from the dark sea of cold colours comes the warmth of the yellow. This painting contains tints of blues and purples, the colours are mainly cold but with a little warm. It uses both primary and secondary colours.

Wassily Kandinsky’s paintings generally are quite chaotic with his use of colours and blackened shapes and marks.


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