It’s Art Appetizer time!
Kandinsky’s “Composition 8” is the piece at hand today. This Russian born artist returned to his native land after World War I broke out. It was then that his already abstracted style was influenced by Russian avante-garde. His art changed from free flowing abstraction to hardedge, geometric forms. Much of his work is currently at the Guggenheim.
Here’s the 1-2-3 on Kandinsky’s “Composition 8”:
- His artwork is influenced by the Bauhaus, which was a 1919 as a state-sponsored school of art, architecture, and design. He was part of the faculty here until Hitler shut it down. The Bauhaus slogan was: “Art and Technology – A New Unity.”
- “The circle,” claimed Kandinsky, “is the synthesis of the greatest oppositions. It combines the concentric and the eccentric in a single form and in equilibrium. Of the three primary forms, it points most clearly to the fourth dimension.”
- If you compare this work with “Composition 7,” which was created 10 years earlier, you can see how Kandinsky’s style changed. There is more emphasis on form than color.
I found a refreshing video that converts this piece into a musical animation. It’s almost as if you’re thrown into the world of the painting.