by Nina Baldwin

cloud catcher*dream maker*artist

"Art touches the is reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing."
Nina Baldwin ...

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Monday, February 28, 2011

KANDINSKY - Concerning the Spiritual in Art - all about Color

In Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Kandinsky states that color either has a cooling and soothing effect on the eyes, or a warming effect. He says that the effect at the beginning of viewing a color is superficial, but to a more sensitive person the color has a more intense effect...a psychic effect, which produces a corresponding vibration in the soul of the viewer. He maintains that the eye is strongly attracted by clear, light colors and still more strongly by those colors which are warm as well as clear.

Kandinsky also brings up the idea of a color may remind a viewer of another element such as vermillion which he says has the charm of the flame, attractive to humans...of course, this could be considered very subjective as he deems lemon yellow to hurt the eye as a prolonged shrill trumpet note hurts the ear, causing the viewer to turn away from the yellow, seeking green or blue for relief...Kandinsky has some very strong opinions of colors and their associations/effects....biases, I would call them!!

He speaks of the soul being one with the body and the possibility of a particular color causing a "psychic shock" to the body. He explains that a warm red may cause excitement while another red may cause disgust or pain as it is the color of blood...again, the implication of association. "In these cases, color awakens a corresponding physical sensation, which undoubtedly works upon the soul." be continued...


  1. thanks for posting this. I have 3 Kandinsky large prints which came to me via my father-in-law. Two of them hang in my den. The third used to, but i googled his prints and someone hung it the wrong way. How would one know, right?

    I like the discussion about color, because that's the first thing that draws me to a painting...then I look at the painting as a whole. Kandinsky's work is odd but I really enjoy it.

  2. Hi Sue!
    thanks for your comment!! I saw your wonderful Kandinsky prints! ...lucky!!!!
    I love the discussion about color you said it's the first thing I see when I look at do touch my soul!! did you see that Part II was actually located above this post??!! thanks again for the comment!!