The sensible and spiritual strings of the soul

Vassily Kandinsky’s large, expressive artworks contained simple colored masses that were to be considered independently from forms and lines. He suggested that communion between artist and viewer is available to both the senses and the mind. He directly experienced synesthesia; indeed equated artworks to musical compositions (not the first artist to do that — one immediately thinks of Whistler); he maintained, and eventually proved, that combinations of colors produce emotional vibrational frequencies.

In his writings he advocated that the artist paint with ”absolute subjectivity”, relying on inner spirituality to guide the decisions of a painting. And in his treatise, “Point and Line to Plane”, Kandinsky suggested that the artist embrace the “dematerialization of the object” with artworks that vibrated “the sensible and spiritual strings of one’s soul.”

Above: Wassily Kandinsky, “Improvisation, Sea Battle”, 1913

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