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“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.”
Wassily Kandinsky
“… lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and … stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to “walk about” into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?”
Wassily Kandinsky
“Those [things] that we encounter for the first time immediately have a spiritual effect upon us. A child, for whom every object is new, experiences the world in this way: it sees light, is attracted by it, wants to grasp it, burns its finger in the process, and thus learns fear and respect for the flame. ”
Wassily Kandinsky
“That is beautiful which is produced by the inner need, which springs from the soul.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“Everything that is dead quivers. Not only the things of poetry, stars, moon, wood, flowers, but even a white trouser button glittering out of a puddle in the street... Everything has a secret soul, which is silent more often than it speaks.”
Wassily Kandinsky
“Color directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“With cold eyes and indifferent mind the spectators regard the work. Connoissers admire the "skill" (as one admires a tightrope walker), enjoy the "quality of painting" (as one enjoys a pasty). But hungry souls go hungry away. The vulgar herd stroll through the rooms and pronounce the pictures "nice" or "splendid." Those who could speak have said nothing, those who could hear have heard nothing.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“The true work of art is born from the 'artist': a mysterious, enigmatic, and mystical creation. It detaches itself from him, it acquires an autonomous life, becomes a personality, an independent subject, animated with a spiritual breath, the living subject of a real existence of being.”
Wassily Kandinsky
“Empty canvas. In appearance - really empty, silent, indifferent. Stunned, almost. In effect - full of tensions, with thousand subdued voices, heavy with expectations. A little frightened because it may be violated”
Wassily Kandinsky, Kandinsky: Complete Writings On Art
“The eyes are hammers.”
Wassily Kandinsky
“Music is the ultimate teacher.”
Wassily Kandinsky
“The artist must be blind to distinction between 'recognized' or 'unrecognized' conventions of form, deaf to the transitory teaching and demands of his particular age.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“There is only one road to follow, that of analysis of the basic elements in order to arrive ultimately at an adequate graphic expression.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“That is beautiful which springs from inner need, which springs from the soul”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“The artist must be blind to "recognized" and "unrecognized" form, deaf to the teachings and desires of his time. His open eyes must be directed to his inner life and his ears must be constantly attuned to the voice of inner necessity.”
Wassily Kandinsky
“The artist must have something to say, for mastery over form is not his goal but rather the adapting of form to its inner meaning.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“The artist is not born to a life of pleasure. He must not live idle; he has a hard work to perform, and one which often proves a cross to be borne.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“Art becomes so specialized as to be comprehensible only to artists, and they complain bitterly of public indifference to their work.

Competition arises. The wild battle for success becomes more and more material. Small groups who have fought their way to the top of the chaotic world of art and picture-making entrench themselves in the territory they have won. The public, left far behind, looks on bewildered, loses interest and turns away.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“The impact of the acute angle of a triangle on a circle is actually as overwhelming in effect as the finger of God touching the finger of Adam in Michelangelo.”
Wassily Kandinsky
“The onlooker turns from the artist who has higher ideals and who cannot see his life purpose in an art without aims.”
Wassily Kandinsky
“Thus we look upon the geometric point as the ultimate and most singular union of silence and speech.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Point and Line to Plane


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