Wassily Kandinsky Quotes

Who is Wassily Kandinsky?

Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was a Russian abstract painter.

Born December 16, 1866
Died December 13, 1944

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Best 12 Quotes by Wassily Kandinsky

“Blue is the typical heavenly colour. The ultimate feeling it creates is one of rest. When it sinks to almost black, it echoes grief that is hardly human.”

“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.”

“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.”

“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?”

“Music is the ultimate teacher.”

“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.”

“That is beautiful which is produced by the inner need, which springs from the soul.”

“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.”

“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.”

“The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.”

“There is no must in art because art is free.”

“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.”

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