Kandinsky

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Kandinsky

  1. 1. Wassily KandinskyWassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow, on December 4th, 1866. His parents both played piano, so he wasencouraged to learn how to read and play music at an early age. Young Kandinsky played cello andpiano, and even though we know him best as a painter, music has always been the main inspiration behindhis work. When he was only 5 years old,, his parents divorced, so he moved in with his aunt inOdessa, continuing to play music, and learning to paint; but the gifted young man did not choose to study artor music when he later enrolled at Moscow University, choosing instead the "safer" fields ofEconomics, Politics, and Law. During his years at the university, Kandinsky explore spirituality throughwriting. He also taught at the Moscow Faculty of Law. For Kandinsky, the arts were no more than ahobby. Kandinsky, himself an accomplished musician, once said “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are theharmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key oranother, to cause vibrations in the soul.” The concept that color and musical harmony are linked has a longhistory, intriguing scientists such as Sir Isaac Newton. Kandinsky used color in a highly theoretical wayassociating tone with timbre (the sounds character), hue with pitch, and saturation with the volume ofsound. He even claimed that when he saw color he heard music.

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