Wassily Kandinsky: the visionary language of abstraction
By Béa Aaronson
“The more frightening the world becomes… the more art becomes abstract.
In every painting a whole is mysteriously enclosed, a whole life of tortures, doubts, of hours of enthusiasm and inspiration” Wassily Kandinsky
From Moscow, where he was born in 1866, to Paris, where he died in 1944, via Venice, Rome, Munich, Berlin, Weimar and New York, Wassily Kandinsky disseminated the fairy-tale complexity of a visionary universe he had created to fight against conventional aesthetic values. Kandinsky invented a splendid organic, nonfigurative world where energy was unleashed through mutations of forms in order to reach a higher level of consciousness. This is what he called “inner beauty.” The fervor with which he painted was “inner necessity”!
LectureWassily Kandinsky: the visionary language of abstraction
Wed, Aug 29, 4:30pm
La Casa Verde
Prolongación Pila Seca 65C
It was not until 1896, when Kandinsky was 30 years old, that he decided to become an artist. His artistic development was shaped greatly by an exhibition of French impressionist painters that was shown in Moscow in 1895. Above all it was Claude Monet who inspired him — Monet, for whom the role of color was more important than the subject matter…
Kandinsky’s fascination with the symbolic and psychological power of color reached a peak with his Baudelairian synesthetic philosophy, which he so poetically worded as follows, “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.”
I shall unravel for you the Secret Doctrine of Theosophy which inspired him so much, as well as his poetical and scientific symbiosis with the world of music, especially Schönberg’s atonal inventions. From his early Fauve paintings, to his “organicist” improvisations, to his Bauhaus sacred geometry, I invite you to come and savor Kandinsky’s lyrical palette, and discover his spiritual world of metamorphosis.
Please make your reservations early as seats tend to go very rapidly. When the 4:30pm lecture is full, a 6:30pm presentation is available.