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Concerning the Spiritual in Art Concerning the Spiritual in Art by Wassily Kandinsky
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“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.”
Wassily Kandinsky , Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“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
“That is beautiful which is produced by the inner need, which springs from 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 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 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
“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
“That is beautiful which springs from inner need, which springs from the soul”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“(...) an inner feeling called "Stimmung" by the germans and best translated as sentiment (it is to be regreted that this word, sentiment, which is meant to describe the poetical efforts of an artist living soul, has been misused and finally, ridiculed. Was there ever a great word that the masses did not try immediatly to cheapen and desecrate?) (...)”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“To those that are not accustomed to it the inner beauty appears as ugliness because humanity in general inclines to the outer and knows nothing of the inner.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“A painter, who finds no satisfaction in mere representation, however artistic, in his longing to express his inner life, cannot but envy the ease with which music, the most non-material of the arts today, achieves this end. He naturally seeks to apply the methods of music to his own art. And from this results that modern desire for rhythm in painting, for mathematical, abstract construction, for repeated notes of colour, for setting colour in motion.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
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“Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own which can never be repeated. Efforts to revive the art-principles of the past will at best produce an art that is still-born. It is impossible for us to live and feel, as did the ancient Greeks.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“La belleza interior es la que se emplea por una necesidad interior imperiosa, renunciando a la belleza habitual. Naturalmente, parece fea al que no está acostumbrado a ella, ya que el ser humano en general tiende a lo externo y no está dispuesto a reconocer la necesidad interior (¡especialmente hoy!)”
Wassily Kandinsky, Über das Geistige in der Kunst (Vollständige Ausgabe): Jedes Kunstwerk ist Kind seiner Zeit, oft ist es Mutter unserer Gefühle
“La intuición con la que nace el artistas es el talento evangélico que no debe enterrar. El artista que no utiliza sus dotes es un esclavo perezoso.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
“to stand in front of some of his drawings or pictures gives a keener and more spiritual pleasure than any other kind of painting.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art