About Wassily Kandinsky Safe Box – Composition VIII (1923)
This beautiful Enchanted Wassily Kandinsky Safe Box – Composition VIII (1923), displays on its back and front covers the Russian painter and art theorist’s work currently located at the Guggenheim Museum. Kandinsky evolved an abstract style that reflected the utopian artistic experiments of the Russian avant-garde. The emphasis on geometric forms, promoted by artists such as Kazimir Malevich, sought to establish a universal aesthetic language. Although Kandinsky adopted some of the geometric aspects of Suprematism and Constructivism, his belief in the expressive content of abstract forms alienated him from his Russian colleagues. Kandinsky’s work synthesized Russian avant-garde art with a lyrical abstraction that includes dynamic compositional elements, resembling mountains, sun, and atmosphere that still refer to the landscape. Kandinsky regarded Composition 8 as the high point of his postwar achievement. In this work circles, triangles, and linear elements create a surface of interacting geometric forms. The importance of circles in this painting foreshadows the dominant role they would play in many subsequent works. More details Wassily Kandinsky Safe Box – Composition VIII (1923):
- Dimensions: (Exterior) 8.7″ x 6.25″ x 2.7″ inches
- Dimensions: (Interior) 7.25″ x 4.5″ x 1.75″ inches
- Weight: 2.5 lbs (est)
- Materials: Felt-lined interior, Synthetic leather exterior.
- Features: includes keys, for safebox inside.
- Artwork: Wassily Kandinsky, Composition VIII. 1923. Oil on Canvas. Solomon Guggenheim Museum.
About Wassily Kandinsky
Abstract artist Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. Kandinsky “analyses on the interrelation between forms and colors resulted not from random brush strokes but from the painter “inner experience. This pioneer was celebrated as a true poet who could create an aesthetic experience that engaged the sight, sound, and emotions of the public without copying nature. Like Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky was also inspired by Helena Blavatsky’s Theosophy which reflected in his quest to explore the depth of human feelings through art. After World War I broke out, Kandinsky moved back to Russia, where he ultimately proved no longer capable of feeling at home there. He then returned to Germany in 1921 and was appointed as a lecturer at the Bauhaus Academy in Weimar.