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31DC2014 Day 27: Artwork – Kandinsky

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.



Wassily Kandinsky

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.


Composition VIII
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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  1. Cathy- More Nail Polish 27th September 2014 Reply

    This is a fun mani and I love your inspiration. Awesome!

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      Lia Lacquerista 16th December 2014 Reply

      Thank you 😀 I really dug your Sidney Nolan – painted completely with lacquer which is quite a feat. Another iconic Aussie artist I studied at school – I seem to recall he did a massive series with more that 20 Ned Kelly canvases…

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