Art Appetizer: Kandinsky’s “Composition 8”

It’s Art Appetizer time!

Composition 8 (Komposition 8), July 1923. Kandinsky.

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”:

  1. 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.”
  2. “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.”
  3. 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.

    Composition 7 (Komposition 7), 1913.

    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.


One response to “Art Appetizer: Kandinsky’s “Composition 8”

  1. Really nice blog post! helped my a lot with my essay on Kandinsky, and the video is very inspiring 🙂 thanks xx

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