Komposition VIII

Oil on canvas, 140 x 201 cm

Komposition VIII – Kandinsky

Komposition XIII

This painting is an oil on canvas. It was painted by Kandinsky in 1923. The dimensions of the picture are 140 x 201 cm.

Wassily Kandinsky is a painter and art theorist. He was born on 4th December 1866 in Moscow and he died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, on 13th December 1944. He was passionate about colours and as he heard colors as songs, that explains why his paintings are so harmonious.

The 8th composition is an important piece of his work from his Bauhaus years. This movement is a modern vision of art. It inspired designers and architects, and also some artists such as Johannes Itten, Paul Klee and Marcel Brauer. It started in 1919 in Weimar.

This painting is an abstract canvas. It is an extract from a series of ten. We can see geometric forms, circles and semi-circles coexisting with lines and curves. Pale colors are contrasted with hot colourdots such as red or yellow. Kandinsky gives up realism and naturalism to express himself but he creates his canvas with a lot of skill. There is a lot of harmony in his paintings. He feels coloursand knows exactly where he needs to put the smallest dot of color. Kandinsky decides to interest himself in geometric forms. He wants to oppose straight lines, curved lines, angles, circles and semi-circles with freedom. He wrote a book about this in 1926 entitled Point et ligne sur un plan. He also worked on gradients. When we look at his painting we can see a colourful intermingling.

We can suppose that the artist wants to transcend colors and gives another sense to geometric forms : he sublimates them. The juxtaposition of so many different elements is new for his time, when artists prefer academic art, with perfect reproduction of reality. He overcomes the classic vision of art and he puts his own personality in his art.

I like this painting because with the simple forms he uses he is able to express sensitivity and harmony. The impressing capacity of Kandinsky to translate his feelings into his painting is really sensational.