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  • The impressionists used values of color and light to show their subjects rather than painting in fine detail.
  • Klange – soundFor Kandinsky, painting was above all deeply spiritual, he called creating art an “inner necessity.” He was greatly influenced by the sensorial properties of color and sound, and triedto visualize these properties through increasingly abstract compositions.He was thought to have Synesthesis (a cross wiring in the brain that causes other senses to have visual presence and visa versa)
  • Early work, often inspired by Russian folklore and folk art. He worked more loosely
  • It is said that while cleaning his studio Gabrielle Munter turned one of the paintings Kandinsky was working on, on its side. He at first didn’t recognize it as his own and said he thought it was the most beautiful painting he had ever seen – it had been freed from the objective constraints he had put upon it. This became a turning point in how he painted – leading him to move into a more abstract style.
  • Kandinsky’s paintings became more abstract. He is credited for pioneering abstract art, particularly abstract expressionism. At first he worked more loosely, with more organic shapes and application of color.
  • Close examinations of his paintings show that though they seem to have been created spontaneously with little thought, they were actually carefully planned and. Infrared light reveals gridlines, notations about what colors to use, , etc, and a close look under a microscope reveals the pinholes made by a compass to draw small circles.
  • He believed colors were representative of specific psychological states:  "Blue is the truly celestial color," Kandinsky wrote in On the Spiritual in Art. "It creates an atmosphere of calmness - not like green, which represents an earthly self-satisfied stillness; it creates a solemn, supernatural depth."
  • His paintings were often given names related to music and he did a whole series of paintings entitled Composition 1, 2, etc.
  • Poem he wrote in his book Klange:Blue, Blue got up, got up and fell.
Sharp, Thin whistled and shoved, but didn't get through.
From every corner came a humming.
FatBrown got stuck - it seemed for all eternity.
———————————It seemed. It seemed.
You must open your arms wider.
————————————Wider. Wider.
And you must cover your face with red cloth.
And maybe it hasn't shifted yet at all: it's just that you've shifted.
White leap after white leap.
And after this white leap another white leap.
And in this white leap a white leap. In every white leap a white leap.
But that's not good at all, that you don't see the gloom: in the gloom is
——— where it is.
That's where everything begins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
With a. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crash. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1912 [12]
  • In 1921, when the Czar fell in Russia and the attitude toward artistic expression became less favorable, Kandinsky went to Germany. He became part of Bauhaus (German word meaning "house of building”) movement- graphic style combining fine art with craft. His work became more geometric and precise and intricate.
  • Kandinsky

    1. 1. WASSILY KANDINSKY THE INNER NECESSITY OF ART Objects damage pictures. Wassily Kandinsky
    2. 2. *Born Dec. 4 1866 in Moscow, Russia - died1944 in France.*His parents both played instruments andencouraged his creative nature. As a childhe took private drawing lessons and andlessons in piano and cello, but he chose tostudy law at university. Vassily Kandinsky
    3. 3. Becoming an artistAt the age of 30, Kandinskydecided to study art…He spoke of two main eventsprovided the motivation tochange his chosen career pathand embrace his artisticsensibilities:1. An exhibit of French impressionists in Moscow.1. Seeing Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Moscow Royal Theatre
    4. 4. He specifically recalls the impact that Monet’s Haystack paintingshad on him: Claude Monet, Impressionist Painter, Haystacks (Midday) (1981)“It was from the catalog I learned this was a haystack. I was upset I had not recognized it.I also thought the painter had no right to paint in such an imprecise fashion.”
    5. 5. Impressionism is a kind of painting that depictslight bouncing off of objects. Claude Monet, Impressionist Painter
    6. 6. Richard Wagner, composer “ I saw all my colors in my mind’s eye. Wild lines verging on the insane formed drawings before my very eyes.” -Kandinsky
    7. 7. Klänge The “inner sounds” of Kandinsky’s art… "Color is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.” -Kandinsky
    8. 8. At first hepainted brightlandscapes. Cemetery and Vicarage in Kochel. 1909. Oil on cardboard.
    9. 9. Gabrielle Munter
    10. 10. Kandinsky’s painting of hisstudent, Gabrielle Munter who later became his lover.
    11. 11. Kandinsky became famous for his abstract works . Untitled (First Abstract Watercolor). 1910
    12. 12. Study for "Composition II".1910. Oil on canvas
    13. 13. Improvisation 26 (Oars). 1912. Oil on canvas
    14. 14. Composition VI. 1913. Oil on canvas.
    15. 15. Picture with White Border. 1913. Oil on canvas
    16. 16. In Blue. 1925. Oil on canvas
    17. 17. Composition VIII. 1923. Oil on canvas.
    18. 18. Other Abstract Expressionists The function of the artist is to express reality as felt. Robert Motherwell
    19. 19. Abstract Expressionistic art uses the elements of art and principles of design to express something that has no form or image, like emotions, concepts, thoughts.
    20. 20. Action painting: Jackson Pollock
    21. 21. Color Field painters: Mark Rothko