Concerning the Spiritual in Art

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The Floating Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Art - 135 pages
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Kandinsky sees the spiritual life of humanity as a pyramid. The artist must lead the layman to the top of this pyramid through the soulful exercise of art. Kandinsky differentiates between the superficial pleasure art inspires and the inner resonance created when art is considered attentively and allowed to touch the soul. The artist is allowed absolute freedom in order to express their soul's art, but they must not abuse this freedom if they are not expressing a personal inner resonance. Once the artwork is complete, the mystic quality they have poured into it become independent of them and filled with a spiritual breath.
 

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Kandinsky makes a very strong case for internally motivated art. I was interested in the shapes and symbols he aligned his analysis - of humanity, religion and what he considers a more broad ... Read full review

Contents

Translators Introduction
4
ABOUT GENERAL AESTHETIC
21
I Introduction
22
II The Movement of the Triangle
30
III Spiritual Revolution
37
IV The Pyramid
53
ABOUT PAINTING
56
V The Psychological Working of Colour
57
VI The Language of Form and Colour
63
VII Theory
97
VIII Art and Artists
109
IX Conclusion
114
Endnotes
118
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Wassily Kandinsky was born in 1866 and is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century.

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