Fauvist Barns, Heightened Colour…Vlaminck & Kandinsky
this is the second post of ‘fauvist barns’
Just updating the post ‘Sechoir à Tabac’ (it’s about the above painting) in which I chatted about ‘anti-fauve’ barns ….trying to keep a barn door rusty brownish red, rather than letting it slip into heighten, saturated colour RED.
With a painter’s confession – there’s always apart of me that wishes to paint all bright & fauve. Or least prioritize colour in a composition.
POST-SCRIPTUM 2009 : well, hell…. why not? want red? ……. I’ll give myself red. Call it ‘artistic license’, though I feel Kandinsky was nearer the truth when he called it ‘inner necessity’ … these battles for creative freedom seem easy when looking from the outside, but brush in hand & face to face with one’s own ‘inner critic’ …. not to mention the hoards of outer critics who churp distainfully about ‘but it doesn’t look anything like that’)… red, my friend, my desire, I see you & I feel you. And my palette needs you. A cure for green sickness. No red without green?
Here’s one of my painting that’s red, primary red & with no subtle deviations…
30 x 40 cm
oil on board
© the artist
Wassily Kandinsky… FLOURESCENT RED BARNS… (yes… and why not?)
I knew I’d seen a ‘fauve barn’ somewhere or other, once upon a time, and whilst idling away a lunchtime in a bookshop in Bergerac, I chanced upon the elusive fauve barn again … Wassily Kandinsky 1908….(OK OK so it’s a house and not a barn … but it IS a very red house)
What a heady & wild painting, even a hundred years later!
It’s only a few years till those abstracts of flying circles, wiggly black lines & crazy mathematical grids tha would fly out of Kandinsky’s painting & carry on vibrating long after the mundane is done with. Mickey Mouse in his Fantasia. Who could forget that?
The gaucherie that frequently accompanies break-through paintings. Whilst I remain essentially a plein-air painter, these epoch-making, mold-breaking pieces still attract me. There’s a heat, passion & a vision beyond the copyist of nature. Call it art, if you like.
Murnau Street with Women, 1908
Private Collection.Courtesy of the New Gallery, New York
Fauvisme – c’est le rouge, n’est pas? D’abord , c’est le rouge…
‘Restaurant at Merly-le-Roi’
Probably needs a dash more red, no? Not even a little red dot on corner of this one 😉