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Composition VIII, Vasily Kandinsky, 1923

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Composition VIII – Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky. 1923. Oil on canvas, 140×201 cm
To understand Kandinsky’s work is only possible inextricably linked with the theoretical justification formulated by the author himself. Vasily Kandinsky did not consider it superfluous to leave a concrete and detailed description of his ideas, precisely so that the viewer could understand his canvases and, better, feel.

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

It seems that the author used the whole set of geometric shapes – lines, points, circles, squares, triangles, sharp and obtuse angles. The author attributed to each of the figures 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 the highest degree of restriction in human understanding. A line is the exact opposite of a point, but its meaning is secondary. The author also introduces such a concept as horizontal, defining it as a cold supporting base, tending in different directions. The author clearly went from color to form, asking him his rhythm and endowing it with meanings.

It’s very difficult to understand Kandinsky’s paintings, nobody could repeat anything on the basis of the detailed teaching that was left, but his contribution to the history of painting is invaluable, namely the form of his influence on the viewer and the uniqueness of aesthetics."

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