1866, Moscow - 1944, Neuillysur-Seine (France)

Blue Crest


  • oil on canvas. 133 x 104
  • ЖБ-1609

  • Received in 1920

The literature on Wassily Kandinsky frequently notes the similarities between Blue Crest and the artist’s earlier works, which still retained a large degree of impressions from life. A church with cupolas, houses with pointed rooftops, clouds, rain, a boat with oars and the symbolical representation of a galloping horseman can thus be discerned in the composition of the canvas. The dynamic development of the main colour motifs and their brightly expressed culmination make Blue Crest one of the artist’s most complex and expressive compositions. The intensive upward climb of the spiral-shaped movement along the diagonal is topped by a blue ridge or crest — the crest of a wave crashing into a bright space permeated with light. Russian Museum: From Icons to the Modern Times. Palace Editions, St Petersburg, 2015. P. 320.

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