Tuesday, August 22, 2006

And what did you do there.......?

I went to Tate Modern to see the Kandinsky exhibition- called - the Path to Abstraction.

I had printed out the room guide from the Tate website, as reading material for the train, and was so pleased I had read it too. It gave me an overview of information which I really need. In the Exhibition there was plenty of information on the walls and in a little booklet they gave us, but I find it very difficult to engage both sides of my brain at the same time. Either I like to be visual, or analytical, I really cannot do both at the same time very well at all.

I loved his early work and in particular the works in room2, the colours shone bright, the paintings were displayed so well. In room 3 my favourite was Study for Improvisation 8.

In room 5 the mood changes and the inclusion of the colour brown, made many of the paintings dreary in my view.

My real favourite was in room 6 Composition VII, there is not an image online but there is a study. Apparently Kandinsky did a lot of studies for this very large Painting, and then painted it in 3 and 1/2 days. His lover Gabriele photographed it as it progressed. I could have stood and looked at this painting for ever. I would even go and see the exhibition again if I could, just for this picture.

I made some notes in my sketchbook whilst travelling home on the train, I just loved the exhibition, then started to feel a tingle as the Berkshire Downs came into view, and home is not far then. Always good to get home after a brilliant and inspiring day out.

1 comment:

Zaz said...

sounds a wonderful exhibition! very inspiring - did you get a catalogue?