This is a complete presentation on Vasily (or Wassily) Kandinsky, the Father of Abstract Art and leading force of The Blue Rider and The Bauhaus. THERE ARE MANY ACTUAL SLIDES FOR YOUR REVIEW IN THE PREVIEW. THIS IS YOUR BEST INDICATION OF PRODUCT QUALITY.
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How Kandinsky had his change of heart from law to art shows the emotional hold art and music held over him. He was 30 years old and on the law faculty of Moscow University. First, he saw an exhibit of the Impressionist painters. Claude Monet’s Haystacks fascinated him. He was drawn to this new art form. Second, he heard Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Bolshoi Theatre. With those two factors, exposure to Monet and Wagner, he knew he had to be in art. Another factor was that a law assignment had placed him in Vologda for awhile. While he practiced criminal law there, he was also set afire by Vologda’s folk art and the spirituality of the Vologda people.
Those critical of him would say he was overly enraptured by the tumult of his feelings as to his art. But even if this is so, perhaps he needed that quality in his quest to reorient modern painting to conveying personal emotions. Obviously, every significant exposure to art and music was going to light a creative fire within him. That realization is when he stopped fighting his creative impulses.
Kandinsky’s art would always be influenced by music. His inspiration came from the abstract nature of music. Music can't depict figures or landscapes; it can only suggest the emotion of them by evoking our imaginations. Kandinsky wanted to apply this same principle to art. Further, he said he could hear music when he saw colors. This is called Synesthesia. It is defined as a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.