Wassily Kandinsky. Composition VIII. 1923 year
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Composition VIII


Oil on canvas

55.1 × 79.1" (140.0 × 201.0 cm)

New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The spectator was totally shocked by this abrupt transition from apocalyptic emotions of the Composition VII to geometric rhythms of the Composition VIII. The painting was created 10 years later in 1923, so it reflected the influence of suprematism and constructivism adopted by Kandinsky in Russian and Bauhaus.

The painter shifted from color to form here. Now the composition is created by means of forms: a large dark circle in the upper left part and a net of adjoint lines in the right part; a yellow circle with a bluish halo and a blue one with a yellow halo etc.

More works from 1923

In the Black Square, 1923 Orange, 1923 Black and Violet, 1923 On White II, 1923 Circles in a Circle, 1923

More works from New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Sketch for Picture With A White Border, 1923 Small Pleasures, 1923 Black Lines I, 1923 Red Oval, 1923

Comments & impressions


#27. Pepe, UK

24 April
Es, muy, muy fenomenal!


#26. Rom,

17 December
What was so loved about his work??

#25. Finn, Russia

12 December
Very nice picture. It looks noisy

#24. Hayley, New Windsor

21 October
Wows! I like this painting and it's was a susscess

#23. Jordan, Canada

12 July
I've Never seen his art before but I'm drawn into it now. He has inspired my future work. I love his use of color and contrast

#22. Sagar Bhatt, Mississauga, ON, Canada

09 May
(*Inspired*) Love it; great artist from a great country.

#21. bella, sydney

22 March
what element of design did he use help me PLZZZ

#20. Michael, Ukraine

17 March
It's nice to see how beautiful this work is especially as Russia tries to invade our dear city.
I hope things such as this would soon bring us together and finally bring peace

#19. faith howard, comfort

03 February
I love this picture because its very different and I like things like that I don't like the same thing all the time I like to see different paintings and drawings . Thats why I liked I liked picture

#18. loverofkandinsky,

28 January

#17. carla, australia

23 January


#16. Jarrod, Canberra

02 April
I'm looking for more information on Mimic 2

#15. triston,

23 March
I love this painting. Its like the inside of my head when listening to music, for I have synesthesia too:)

#14. A. Dimitrova, Russia

25 February
This is amazing. It speaks to me


#13. Alexis Maceda, La Paz, Bolivia

21 November
Hi, I was wondering if there is an "oficial interpretation" for this painting.

#12. Bern, United States

21 November
Very unique piece of art. It supposed to represent music.
Before beginning his art career, kandinsky went to school to become a lawyer. Although,he discovered his love for music, then went to art school


#11. teresa, texas usa

12 October
appreciate the remarks. I had mentioned to several people that Kandinsky's work reminded me of music and so now i see why. i am not studying for school, i am pretty old. I love art.

#10. maria, england

06 October
i use this picture for my inglish art project and one more time i love this picture

#9. maria,

06 October
i love this picture

#8. Leslie, MHS

11 August
Prince, Jason Tran?

#7. Prince, Bel air

06 August
Sup, Melbourne High?

#6. Ember, Canada

08 April
I used this picture for my art project! I love this pic!

#5. st, great britan

15 January
thanx kathryn you have helped me a lot !


#4. chow, scotland

09 October
i really like this picture we did it for a univercity project it is so unique

#3. Kathryn Kij, Cheyenne

14 September
Yes, I have studied Kandinsky in school and he would go to the symphony and paint or sketch the music. He used universal shapes and colors that anyone in the world would understand or feel the meaning. For example the colorful grids are the sound of the piano, the circles and triangles are the different brass instruments and the slash marks are the srokes of the strings and the curvy lines are the wind instruments like the flute. The Warmer colors in the yellow to red range are louder nioses and the color tones of greans blues and purples are lower sounds. And he uses composition to draw your eye around the painting so that you can imagine how the whole piece would sound.

#2. Ali, England

10 June
Kandinsky supposedly had synesthesia so he wanted to create the painting equivalent of a symphony to stimulate the ears of the observer. Hence the name "composition".

#1. molli, england

10 March
does any1 knowe any history onthis picture?

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