Being both an Art School / Design grad, I was quite looking forward to the theme of Day 27: Artwork. I pulled a few elements from my artwork of choice and translated them onto my nails.
I have chosen to do Kandinsky.
For those of you interested, here’s a brief art history lesson:
Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (16 December 1866 – 13 December 1944) was an influential Russian-born painter and art theorist. He spent time in Munich, Germany and is credited with painting the first purely abstract works. He taught at the influential Bauhaus school, but relocated to France after the Nazi fun-police shut it down.
This at a time when Realism (think Courbet, Daumier) and Impressionism (think Monet, Manet, Renoir et al) had been a huge deal. Kandinsky was a big part of the emerging Expressionist movement. This art movement was dictated by a lot of emotion distorting form. Color and ‘movement’, painting by feeling rather than to portray something as it looked realistically. Other artists at the time include Frenchman Henri Matisse, famous for his use of harsher colors and flat surfaced paintings, who was part of the short-lived Fauvist movement.
I chose two of his works to draw inspiration from.
1923 – Oil on canvas, 140 x 201 cm (55 1/8 x 79 1/8 in); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Blue Painting, 1924 – Oil on canvas
And a final close up, different angle deal. I tried to dry brush the ‘canvas’ like painters do and imitate some texture in there, but it might be a little hard to see in these shots. Click to enlarge the top one. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with for this challenge.
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