The ‘Composition’ of Wassily Kandinsky
By Kinjal Trivedi
Artist: Wassily Kandinsky
Name of Painting: Composition 8
Location: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
MEDIUM: OIL ON CANVAS
DIMENSIONS: 55 1/4 X 79 INCHES (140.3 X 200.7 CM)
Genre: Abstract art
Periods: Suprematism, Abstract art
Wassily Kandinsky was from Moscow, Russia. He studied and was always fascinated by theoretical geometry. This is the study of relations of points, lines, surfaces, solids, and higher dimensional analogues. It is believed that Kandinsky could hear shapes and colour and drew them on a large scale to express what was going on in his mind. If you look at his series of paintings, Composition, you will see there are various lengths of straight and curvature lines, triangles and circles, with shapes and colours balancing either side of the entire diverse painting. This expression of his made him a pioneer of Abstract Art and one of the first artists to reveal that expressing your own innermost feelings in the way you desire also can be taken seriously.
Composition 8 is a famous painting by Kandinsky that is preserved in the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The choice of colours and lines give it a child like innocence and the balance of shapes fills the void beautifully.
In Composition 8, the colorful, interactive geometric forms create a pulsating surface that is alternately dynamic and calm, aggressive and quiet. The importance of circles in this painting prefigures the dominant role they would play in many subsequent works, culminating in his cosmic and harmonious image Several Circles.
Wassily was trained and contributed well to the Bauhaus movement where the structures of lines and the functionality on objects eventually worked wonders. His sense of colours were brightening the senses of people during the great depression times and till date. Together with other artists, he creates many series of paintings that contribute and make up the initial Abstract Movement that has come to stay.