By the late 19th century, the boundary between music and art had been severely blurred, as more and more artists embraced pseudo-spirituality and finding links between art forms and cancelling the distinction between them. Art, literature, poetry, music and performance became one spiritual experience.
Today would have been Wassily Kandinksy's 154th birthday, so we decided to bring you 5 fascinating facts about the Russian artist!
1. He experienced synthethisa
Intersecting Lines, 1923
The incredible artist experienced a neurological phenomenon called 'synesthesia' where he would see colours when he heard music, and heard music when he painted.
Very little is known about how synesthesia develops, but the few ideas surrounding this phenomenon suggest it manifests in childhood, when children are heavily involved with abstract concepts.
2. He (arguably) created the first abstract artwork, ever
Picture with a Circle (1911) is said to be not only the first abstract painting in Kandinksy's career, but in the world. When creating the piece, Kandinsky was guided by colour, as it is through colour that the emotional value of the piece is established.
Picture in a Circle, 1911
3. He was a lawyer
Colour study, Squares with concentric circles (1913)
The artist's path initially started in the eyes of the law, training at Moscow State University, after which he was offered the chance to teach at the University of Dorpat in present-day Estonia.
The young Kandinsky, however, swiftly declined, focussing his energy on canvas and officially launched his painting career.
4. His art was confiscated by Nazis
Three of his first Compositions paintings were confiscated by Nazis in 1937, and exhibited in the infamous 'Degenerate Art' collection.
The term "degenerate" was taken up by the National Socialist regime as part of its campaign against the 'threat' of modern art.
Germans queuing for the "Entartete Kunst" (degenerate art exhibition), 1937
5. He saw art as a form of worship
Black Grid, 1922
Kandinsky's book Concerning the Spiritual In Art (1910), claimed that "color is a power which directly influences the soul."