Analysis of Vasily Kandinsky's Composition 8

Analysis of Vasily Kandinsky's Composition 8  - student project

Analysis of Vasily Kandinsky's Composition 8  - image 1 - student project

I have chosen Vasily Kandinsky's Composition 8 because I've always been intrigued by its wild composition for a long time, but I know nothing of its history and the artist. 

Type
It is an object-based. 

Composition
The elements are erratic and in unpredictable positions. The painter restricted himself into drawing geometric shapes. The painting is asymmetrical where the left side is dominated by big objects yet spacious. On the right, the shapes clash each other. Subtle gradients only on the left. My eyes constantly wander side to side, blissfully ignoring the giant yet hazy triangles.

Material
Oil on canvas. The choice of material isn't significant as it is common during the conception of the artwork.

Technique
The painter diluted the paint in order to achieve lightness and transparency. It is devoid of impasto seen on Vincent van Gogh's paintings. On the other hand, the painter is not obsess with details as with Diego Velázquez.

Content
The painting is abstract. Made of geometric shapes. Circles and lines. Squares are curiously only in the checkerboard pattern. A vague allusion to mountains and sun can be seen on the middle of the canvas.

Intention
Utopian ideals occupied artists minds at the year Kadinsky painted Composition 8 after experiencing World War 1. This is a pursuit of universal aesthetic language that's untethered to the past.

Reception
People were surprised to see the painter shift style from emotionally charged to elegant restrained.

Process
He could've painted lightly because the war created a shortage of painting supply.

Environment 
The painter's style shifted from apocalyptic, highly saturated to light and nimble. It represents the painter's change of attitude towards the chaos of World War. 

Which of the question was most helpful?
The most helpful question was examining composition by breaking down the art to the relationship of the objects within the art.

Image credit: https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/1924