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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 indeed invented a splendid, organic, non-figurative world where energy was unleashed through mutations of forms and interconnected colors. Non-figurative art allowed him to reach a higher spiritual level of consciousness. This is what he called inner beauty. The fervor with which he painted was inner necessity!

Wassily Kandinsky: the visionary language of abstraction
Wed, Jun 4, 4:30 and 6:30pm
La Ostra Roja
A Casa Verde annex
San Jorge 45
Colonia San Antonio
130 pesos
Reservations: 121-1026 or

It was not until 1896, when Kandinsky was 30 years old, that he decided to become an artist. His artistic development was shaped and enthused by an exhibition of French impressionist painters that was shown in Moscow in 1895. Above all it was Claude Monet who inspired him the most; Monet for whom the role of color was more important than the subject matter, and whose late “Nympheas” sung the lyrical expressionism of abstract art.

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 poetic and scientific symbiosis with the world of music, especially Schönberg’s atonal inventions. From his early Fauve paintings, to his “organicist” improvisations and his Bauhaus sacred geometry, I invite you to come and savor Kandinsky’s lyrical palette, and discover his spiritual world of metamorphosis.


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