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1914 was an eventful and dramatic year for Wassily Kandinsky. He had spent a few years traveling around Europe and eventually settled in Germany. However, due to the war between Germany and Russia, he was forced to come back to Moscow. He was profoundly affected by being forced to return, as he would consider himself a German artist. Taking into account all the time Kandinsky dedicated learning techniques and producing in the German artistic medium, he found it very unjustifiable. Two years later, in 1916, after not painting for a whole year, he started producing the painting called Moscow I. The artist himself said that he was looking for colors and shapes to represent joy and happiness, and after these significant life changes, nothing more appropriate than representing the Russian city.
The canvas is square, and most of the painting is centered and balanced in the middle. The background is blue, and on top of it, there is a wonderful mass of shapes. Some forms are more pictorial while others are more abstract, but altogether they form a complex group of structures. The bottom of the painting has some dots, shapes, and curves. It is darker and has fewer tones of color. From this base, the structures that will form the core of the city emerges. Some of the forms are shaped like hills, and some are more pointy and geometrical like streets (some are even textured with little dots like cobblestones). These structures are bright and colorful. They have details in red, green and yellow, and all of these colors are contrasting with the blue that is placed around the background area and most of the shapes.
On top of one of these hills, on the very central one, there are two drawings that look like people. One painted in pink, one in blue. From these shapes, several buildings rise, in different shapes and colors. Some are more modernist and concrete, and others are more traditional, with the round shaped domes and colorful structures. On the left, there is a bigger concentration of structures and larger domes. They are portrayed in several different sizes, showing some interesting perspective. Right in the center of the mass of buildings, there are tiny squared buildings and round domes, giving the impression of a large, far away city. On top of this debris of shapes, buildings, and forms, some blackbirds are drawn, flying towards the pink sky, from where beautiful rays of sun come down.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Moscow I, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Moscow I that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service.