The artist once said that he was interested in painting the space around objects, not the objects themselves. In Gelmeroda, VIII
, Feininger used cool colors and fragmented, geometric
forms to create a unified composition
. The church is set into the background like a jewel. It seems to blend into the sky, uniting heaven and earth. At the bottom of the painting, people are represented as small triangular shapes. Tiny compared to the towering church, they emphasize the monumental scale of the building.