Wassily Kandinsky

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Kandinsky, soft - hard
Kandinsky, soft - hard

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Quotes

Everything starts from a dot.

An empty canvas is a living wonder... far lovelier than certain pictures.

The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural... The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white.

The nightmare of materialism, which has turned the life of the universe into an evil, useless game, is not yet past; it holds the awakening soul still in its grip.

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.

Each color lives by its mysterious life.

The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with base notes, or dark lake with the treble.

A painter, who finds no satisfaction in mere representation, however artistic, in his longing to express his inner life, cannot but envy the ease with which music, the most non-material of the arts today, achieves this end. He naturally seeks to apply the methods of music to his own art.

Color is a power which directly influences the soul.

To create a work of art is to create the world.

Details

Born in Moscow 4 December 1866, died 13 December 1944, Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works. He first studied law and economics at the Universtiry of Moscow, and was successful in his profession—he was offered a professorship.  He only began painting (life-drawing, sketching and anatomy) at the age of 30.

In 1896 Kandinsky settled in Munich and studied art, and, when he became established as an artist, he became a leading member of the Blaue Reiter group. He returned to Moscow in 1914, after the outbreak of World War I, but he was unsympathetic to the official theories on art in Communist Moscow, and he returned to Germany in 1921. There, he taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933, when he then moved to France, where he lived for the rest of his life, producing some of his most prominent works. He was influenced by Theosophical ideas, and is notable for having the unusual sense of synaesthesia – seeing colours and hearing sounds in a mixed way so that they relate to each other.

Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wassily_Kandinsky

http://www.wassilykandinsky.net/ tribute site

https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/vasily-kandinsky many works at the Guggenheim

http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/kandinsky_wassily.html Artcyclopedia - works in galleries worldwide