Wassily Kandinsky

When I think of a link between music and art, I immediately think of Wassily Kandinsky. This Russian artist explored the idea of listening to a piece of music and transforming the sounds he heard into a piece of art. Kandinsky played a number of instruments and was also said to have had synaesthesia, but this isn’t a fact, we are unsure whether he did or not. Kandinsky often likened music to art saying that “Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” (Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/3653012/The-man-who-heard-his-paintbox-hiss.html) Kandinsky was very passionate about colour and when he describes his favourite colour blue he says “it calls man towards the infinite”.(Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/3653012/The-man-who-heard-his-paintbox-hiss.html) He sees more in the colour than the colour itself and that is something that it is beautiful: he gives the colour a whole new meaning.

Being one of the first artists I ever explored, I still find his artwork very capturing and exciting. Everytime you look at any one of his pieces you can always find something new. Much alike other musical artists such as Kilford and Schreibman, the rhythm and beat of the music seems to be put across very boldly in the artwork. When I look at Kandinsky’s work I can almost hear the music coming out of it. I think just knowing about how is art is related to music enhances the beauty of the artwork .

I’d like to learn more about Kandinsky and about the kind of synaesthesia people believe he had and how that affected and enhanced his artwork.

composition-vii-1913 Composition VII – 1913

Source : http://www.arttoheartweb.com/worshipresources/homilies/hom_Kandinsky_Comp7.htm


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