Talk:Wassily Kandinsky

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  • Art, like love, has a fine detail to it. You need to know exactly what is going on.
  • What is right artistically can only be attained through feeling.
  • My predilection for what is hidden,for the mysterious,saved me from the unhappy influence of popular art.
  • Art has much in common with religion.
  • Both of us loved blue, Franz Marc horses, I riders. Hence the name Der Blaue Reiter.(The Blue Rider)
  • Just because an artist uses 'abstract methods' ,it does not mean he is an 'abstract' artist.It does not even mean he is an artist.
  • A work of art consists of two elements,the inner and outer. The inner is the emotion in the soul of the artist.. has the capacity to evoke similar emotions in the observer.. must exist otherwise the work of art is a sham.
  • There is no must in art because art is free.
  • The purpose of my book concerning the 'Spiritual in Art' and 'Der Blaue Reiter was to awaken the ability to experience the spiritual in material and abstract things..the desire to bring out this joyful ability in people who don't have was the main purpose of both publications.
  • The medieval pictures I painted were inspired by the impressions of old Schwabing.
  • Let the viewer stroll around within the picture,to force him to forget himself and so to become a part of the picture.
  • I more or less dissolved the objects(in my improvisations) so that not all of them could be recognised at once,so that the spiritual overtones could be gradually experienced by the viewer one after the other...and here and there even purely abstract forms came in of their own accord,in other words,that had to have a purely painterly effect.
  • As has been said.. is impossible to make clear the aims of a work of art by means of words.
  • I only want to paint good,necessary,living pictures,which are experienced properly by at least a few viewers.
  • I saw all my colours in spirit.Wild,almost mad lines drew themselves in front of me. (On seeing Wagner's Lohengrin)
  • Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammer, the soul is the piano with the strings. (Comparing Painting and Music)
  • Humanity is like a triangle, with a lone visionary at the apex.
  • The human tendency toward the fossilizing of form is shocking,even tragic. Yesterday the man who exhibited a new form was condemned.Today the same form has become immovable law for all time. This is tragic because it shoes over and over again that human beings depend on externals. Wassily Kandinsky


the following quotes could not be verified in secondary sources -- Mdd (talk) 21:08, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
  • The world is full of resonances. It constitutes a cosmos of things exerting a spiritual action. The dead matter is a living spirit.
    • Kandinsk, On the question of the form
  • In this painting, I was in fact in quest for a certain hour, which was and which remains always the most beautiful hour of the day in Moscow. The sun is already low and has reached its highest force, which it has searched all the day, to which it has aspired all the day. […] The sun dissolves all Moscow in a spot which, as a frenzied tuba, makes entered into vibration all the inner being, the whole soul. […] Rendering this hour seemed the biggest, the most impossible of the happiness for an artist. These impressions renewed every sunny day. They brought me a joy which shattered me until the bottom of the soul, and which reached until ecstasy.
    • Kandinsk, Looks on the past, Der Sturm, Berlin 1913
  • But, as well as the body, the spirit fortifies itself and develops itself by the exercise. As a neglected body which becomes weak and finally impotent, the spirit becomes weaker. The innate feeling of the artist is like the talent of the Gospel which must not be buried. The artist which lets its gifts unemployed is the lazy servant.
    • Kandinsky, On the Spiritual In Art, 1912
  • Painting is an art, and the art in its whole is not a vain objets creation which get lost in the void, but a power which has a goal and must serve to the evolution and to the refinement of the human soul, to the moving of the Triangle. It is the language which speaks to the soul, in its proper form, of things which are the daily bread of the soul and which it can receive only under this form.
    • Kandinsky, On the Spiritual In Art, 1912
  • The artist must have something to say, mastery over form is not his goal but adaption of form to its inner meaning.
    • Kandinsky, On the Spiritual In Art, 1912
  • Is beautiful what proceeds from an inner necessity of the soul. Is beautiful what is inwardly beautiful.
    • Kandinsky, On the Spiritual In Art, 1912
  • Lohengrin at the Court theatre in Moscow and the painting of Monet: the Hayststacks.. ..that stamped my life and shook me to the depths of my being.
    • Anna Moszynska, Abstract Art, Thames and Hudson, 1990
  • What thus appears a mighty collapse in objective terms is, when one isolates its sound, a living paeans of praise, the hymn of that new creation that follows upon the destruction of the world.
    • Anna Moszynska, Abstract Art, Thames and Hudson, 1990: On destruction in creating his ‘Composition 4', 1913