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Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist, credited with painting the first purely abstract art. Kandinsky believed music to be the ultimate teacher and used music as a metaphor for his art, calling spontaneous pieces improvisations and elaborate pieces compositions.

Properties and Elicitations of Colors for Kandinsky

Kandinsky believed that colors contained certain properties that would elicit certain responses. For example, he viewed colors in terms of warmth ’versus’ coldness and also in terms of clarity ’versus’ obscurity. Kandinsky believed that warmth could be shown with a tendency towards yellow and coldness with a tendency towards blue, he viewed yellow as generally being a "terrestrial color whose violence can be painful and aggressive" and blue as a "celestial colour, evoking a deep calm", with the combination of blue and yellow (green) "yielding total immobility and calm". He also viewed white as a "deep absolute silence full of possibility" and black as "nothingness without possibility, an eternal silence without hope". 

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