is like the silence of the body after death, the close of life.
Wassily Kandinsky, 1911
Wassily, Russian in full VASILY VASILYEVICH KANDINSKY (b. Dec. 4 [Dec. 16, New
Style], 1866, Moscow, Russia--d. Dec. 13, 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Fr.),
Russian-born artist, one of the first creators of pure ab straction in modern
painting. After successful avant-garde exhibitions, he founded the influential
Munich group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue
Rider; 1911-14) and began completely abstract painting. His forms
evolved from fluid and organic to geometric and, finally, to pictographic (
e.g., Tempered Йlan, 1944).
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1994
himself an accomplished musician, once said Color 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. The
concept that color and musical harmony are linked has a long history,
intriguing scientists such as Sir Isaac Newton. Kandinsky used color in a
highly theoretical way associating tone with timbre (the sound's character),
hue with pitch, and saturation with the volume of sound. He even claimed that
when he saw color he heard music.
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