Wassily Kandinsky “Quotes”

An empty canvas is a living wonder… far lovelier than certain pictures.

Everything starts from a dot.

How can German music not be represented by an article?

The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.

There is no must in art because art is free.

Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (Russian: Васи́лий Васи́льевич Канди́нский, Vasilij Vasil’evič Kandinskij, first name pronounced [vassi:li]; 4 December [O.S. 4 December] 1866 – 13 December 1944) was a Russian painter, and art theorist. He is credited with painting the first modern abstract works.[citation needed]

Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. He enrolled at the University of Moscow and chose to study law and economics. Quite successful in his profession—he was offered a professorship (chair of Roman Law) at the University of Dorpat—he started painting studies (life-drawing, sketching and anatomy) at the age of 30.

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All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.

Great art picks up where nature ends.

I adore the theater and I am a painter. I think the two are made for a marriage of love. I will give all my soul to prove this once more.

I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment.

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.

Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life.

Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.

The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.

The fingers must be educated, the thumb is born knowing.

When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it – a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand – as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there’s a clash between the two, it’s bad art.

Marc Chagall was born on July 7, 1887 in Belarus, to Khatskl (Zakhar) Shagal, a herring merchant, and Feige-Ite. He was the oldest of nine children from a loving Jewish family. His childhood was a happy one, and images from that period of his life appear throughout his work.

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Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.

I am following nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.

For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.

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Action is the foundational key to all success.

An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.

Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.

Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.

Everything is a miracle.

Everything you can imagine is real.

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.

To draw you must close your eyes and sing.

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.

Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.


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