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Kandinsky / Non-Objective Art

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Roxanne Coble

on 14 May 2018

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Transcript of Kandinsky / Non-Objective Art

When you hear the term 'abstract art', what do you think of?
Abstract art can be a painting or sculpture (including assemblage) that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world.
Chuck Close
Pablo Picasso

artwork with recognizable images

artwork with NO recognizable images
Joan Miro, The Tilled Field (1924)

Piet Mondrian - Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray, and Blue (1921)
Willem de Kooning, Interchange, (1955)

But how might an abstract artist convey feelings or ideas?
Hans Hofmann, The Golden Wall, (1961)
"When I paint, I paint under the dictate of feeling or sensing, and the outcome all the time is supposed to say something. Painters must speak through paint, not through words.” - Hofmann
*He believed that art (like music) could elicit an emotional response without being tied to subject matter.
*Art can be like music - in that just as music is patterns of sound, art's effects should be created by pure patterns of form, color, and line.
*For Kandinsky, music and color were tied together. As he heard music, he saw colors. When he painted, he heard music.
*For example, someone with synesthesia might smell something when they hear a sound, or see a shape when they eat a certain food.

*As a child, played the piano and cello, as well as drawing lessons with a coach
*Parents envisioned him as a lawyer, went on to study law at Moscow University
*Left his career as a law professor to study art at Munich Academy of Arts
*Born in Moscow
*His work began with landscapes, and evolved into non-objective paintings
Red - Yellow - Blue, Wassily Kandinsky, 1925
Jam session
Composition Viii, Wassily Kandinsky, 1923
"Oh mittens, you sound like
the color blue!"
Somebody get
me outta here.
*What he experienced: synesthesia - the idea that one sense can trigger another.
"Music is the ultimate teacher."
-Wassily Kandinksy
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