Movement 1

    Kandinsky’s Movement 1 also encompasses many of the ideas and concepts that Composition 8 features. Elements like color and form, as represented in the other piece, give this painting dimensionality and flow. An oil painting on canvas completed in 1935, this piece has many shapes and it is also very vibrant. For instance, this piece’s background is comprised mainly of large, wavy circles over a brown hue. These circles, in red, blue and yellow, are very prominent figures in the piece. There are also smaller circles in green and turquoise that compliment the larger shapes.

    Other shapes in the work include flowing, confetti-like figures that undulate across the piece. These ribbons take over the work, as they are white and stand out prominently. A couple of them, however, are a light blue, which adds an accent of color. Also alongside these shapes, dots litter the canvas in linear, radial and spatial patterns throughout. An example of these patterns is seen in the upper left corner of the piece, with the linear pattern of dots extending from a circular figure. These add to the variety of color in the work, as they are comprised of many vibrant ones themselves.

    This piece also is comprised of many structural forms, made up of sets of lines. These structures create direction and momentum in the work to carry the viewer’s eye around the painting. The lines are many different colors as well, creating an air of energy. One of these structures is different from the rest. It is a circle, and it has a “starburst” element in its center, in bright lavender, yellow, and teal. This radial pattern draws attention to itself, but also to what is around it by the movement it emanates.

    The mixture of organic and geometric shapes in both works present a fantastic mix of elements that blend well together. The organic shapes give the piece its flow, while the geometric shapes lend to the direction and movement.