Kandinsky and Color


kandinsky_yellow-red-blueKandinsky wrote, on page 52 in The Art of Spiritual Harmony, that “…generally speaking, color is a power which directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, 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….It is evident therefore that color harmony must rest only on a corresponding vibration in the human soul; and this is one of the guiding principles of the inner need.” In a translation by M.T.H. Sadler, there is a footnote that explains that what Kandinsky means by inner need, or innere Notwendigkeit, is the impulse felt by the artist for spiritual expression. He continues to say that Kandinsky is apt, however, to use the phrase sometimes to mean not only the hunger for spiritual expression, but also the actual expression itself.
I found this quote while visiting the O’Keefe/Dove exhibit at The Clark Institute in Williamstown, MA http://www.clarkart.edu/

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