Composition VIII, Vasily Kandinsky, 1923

Composition VIII, Vasily Kandinsky, 1923
Composition VIII, Vasily Kandinsky, 1923 - 1

  • Posted by Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky
  • Museum: Museum of Solomon Guggenheim
  • Year: 1923

Overview of the painting :

Composition VIII – Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky. 1923. Oil on canvas 140×201 cm

   It is possible to understand Kandy’s work only in an inextricable connection with the theoretical justification formulated by the author himself. Vasily Kandinsky did not consider it unnecessary to leave a concrete and detailed description of his ideas, precisely so that the viewer could understand his paintings, and it would be better to feel.

   The composition with the eighth serial number was a kind of surprise: after the smooth lines of the previous paintings from this series, work with a strict verified geometric rhythm suddenly appears, striking with its severity and clarity. This creative period in the biography of Kandinsky is commonly called “cold” and “Composition VIII” is its main creation.

   It seems that the author used the entire set of geometric shapes – lines, points, circles, squares, triangles, sharp and stupid angles. To each of the figures, the author attributed an individual character and meaning.

   So the point, which is perhaps the main element, is defined by the artist as an invisible object associated with a higher degree of restriction in the human sense. The line is the exact opposite of the point, but its value is secondary. The author also introduces such a concept as a horizontal, defining it as a cold bearing base, striving in various directions. The author clearly walked from color to form, setting his rhythm to him and putting on the values.

   It is very difficult to understand the paintings of Kandinsky, no one could repeat anything on the basis of the detailed teaching left, but his contribution to the history of painting is invaluable, it is the type of his influence on the viewer and the uniqueness of aesthetics.