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Kandinsky2

  1. 1. WASSILY KANDINSKY “ Every work of art is a child of its age.” -1911, Concerning the spiritual in art
  2. 2. WASSILY KANDINSKY “Here I seek only to point the way, to establish certain analytical methods.”-1923 Point and line to plane
  3. 3. Kandinsky, 1866-1896 <ul><li>Wassily Kandinsky was born in Russia in 1866. </li></ul><ul><li>(On this slide is the entirety of Kandinsky’s work during this period.) </li></ul><ul><li>Fun Wassily facts: </li></ul><ul><li>He didn’t paint outside of his spare time. </li></ul><ul><li>He was a prominent academic who was offered a professorship at a University. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Pre-War Flowing, abstract forms Wild color and gesture
  5. 5. Post-War Straight lines, clean forms Systematic composition
  6. 6. On the spiritual in art <ul><li>Published in 1911, Kandinskys spiritual philosophy about art, </li></ul><ul><li>And his ideas about color : </li></ul><ul><li>“ Green is the most restful color that exists” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Blue is the typical heavenly color” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Gray = immobility and rest” </li></ul><ul><li>Some of which were crazy: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Yellow… violent raving lunacy” </li></ul><ul><li>Because he had…. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Synesthesia <ul><li>Synesthesia is a medical condition where the senses become linked. </li></ul><ul><li>Kandinsky’s sense of sight and color were linked: he saw painting as music, and heard music as painting. </li></ul><ul><li>His color associations: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Keen yellow looks sour.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Light warm red… sound of trumpets, strong, harsh, ringing.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Violet… deep notes of wood instruments, (e.g. the basson).” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Orange is like a man convinced of his own powers, or an old violin”. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Point and Line to Plane <ul><li>Point and line to plane (1926) is Kandinsky’s defense of his work, a rigidly systematic explanation of his ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>While it included color, it focused on the compositional in his work. Points, lines, and planes. </li></ul><ul><li>It exemplified the rigid Bauhaus style, with right angles and clean shapes. </li></ul><ul><li>Shows his postwar work. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Weimar modernism <ul><li>Philosophical movement in the Weimar republic. 1919-1933 </li></ul><ul><li>“ One has value only as a function, and legitimizes ones existence through the semblance of sobriety.” </li></ul><ul><li>It was a “Rigourous style of proving oneself” </li></ul>Ernst Bloch, a leader of the movement Georg Lukacs, another modernist thinker
  10. 10. Kandinsky’s Art as Modernism <ul><li>Modernist said of Weimar man: “his existence resembles not a line but a series of points” </li></ul><ul><li>They talked about the “uneasy angst typical of german expressionism” turning into “a more stabilized culture of impersonality.” </li></ul><ul><li>Kandinsky’s art becomes more impersonal after the war. </li></ul><ul><li>He kept his abstraction, but left color and spirituality behind. </li></ul>From this… … to this.

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