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Here are 10 memorable quotes from that master of abstraction Wassily Kandinsky:

  1. Everything starts from a dot.
  2. Color is a power which directly influences the soul.
  3. The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with bass notes or dark lake with treble.
  4. Abstract art places a new world, which on the surface has nothing to do with ‘reality,’ next to the ‘real’ world.
  5. The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.
  6. 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.
  7. The more abstract its form, the clearer and more direct its appeal.
  8. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.


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