Wassily Kandinsky Essay

1710 Words Mar 16th, 2011 7 Pages
Solomon Higgs
Dr. Watson
HUMA 1153
Wassily Kandinsky
Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian-born artist, whose contributions to the world of modern art are innumerable. On an artistic level, Kandinsky's maturation process from representational art to abstract art is fascinating. From his earliest work, with an impressionistic flair, to his later work, which was pure abstraction, Kandinsky was an innovator and a genius. He bridged the gap between reality painting of earlier decades and the fantasy pastime of the twentieth century.
Wassily Kandinsky was born on December 4, 1866 in Moscow. His father was a successful tea merchant and his mother was a teacher. From early on in his life, Kandinsky acquired a love for travel moving
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The name of the group has been attributed to Kandinsky's love of blue and Marc's love of horses. The artists of the Blue Rider believed in a birth of a new spiritual epoch and were engaged in the creation of symbols for their own time. The first exhibition by the group was at the Thannhauser gallery in Munich.
Kandinsky, himself an accomplished musician, developed his idea of the correspondence between a work of art and the viewer, and called it "Klang" (sound or resonance). He wrote: "Color is the power which directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, and the soul is the piano with the strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul." He even claimed that when he saw color he heard music. To reinforce his analogy with the musical expression, Kandinsky for many years used musical terms as titles, he began to divide his paintings into three categories: "Impressions" (which still show some representational elements), "Improvisations" (which convey spontaneous emotional reactions), and "Compositions" (which are the ultimate works of art, created only after a long period of preparations and preliminaries). Of the three types, Improvisation, as its name suggests, was the most spontaneous, beginning, perhaps, with a subject (object), but one which then receded rapidly from view as various themes were woven from and
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