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The Father of Abstract Art

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Posted in: Art | (Français) le12 December 2011

The First Abstract Watercolour” (1910) by Wassily Kandinsky

 

Abstract art is not new. It has been around for more than a century. Wassily Kandinsky, considered the ‘Father of Abstract Art,’ was among the first artists to explore pure abstract art. His paintings from 1910 are considered to be among the first completely abstract compositions in modern art history.

 

At the age of 30, Kandinsky abandoned his promising career as a law professor to become an artist. He was particularly moved by the work of Monet. Despite his initial rejection by the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, he set out to investigate art on his own.

 

You might be asking yourself how this legal scholar who spent a decade studying and teaching law turned into an amazing artist whose art style would influence the world for nearly a century!

 

Kandinsky’s art was deeply influenced by music. While listening to music, he would see musical notes as having different colours that he would represent on canvas. Some people think he might have suffered from a harmless neurological condition called synaesthesia. Synaesthetes involuntarily hear colour, see music or even taste words because of accidental cross-wiring in the brain.

 

There is still some debate as to whether Kandinsky was a natural synaesthete or simply exploring his well-developed sensory and analytic capabilities to associate music and colours metaphorically. One thing is for sure: as a law professor, artist, musician and art theorist, he must have been making extensive use of both his left (analytic) and right (artistic) brain.

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      Il était temps qu’on brosse une rétrospective Kandinsky car ce peintre est bien trop confiné dans une toute petite partie de son oeuvre par les médias et, forcément, chez le « grand public ».

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