“Composition VIII”

Wassily Kandinsky, “Composition VIII” 1923, Oil on canvas.

Have you ever thought of what music would look like? Kandinsky did – specifically what jazz would look like; that’s why so many of his works are not really named but simply called ‘compositions. A musician himself he once said, “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” There is no discernible subject matter here – it is all about expression beyond form. Can you see it… Or hear it? (Original post to Instagram November 7, 2012.)


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