A law professor turned painter, the
Russian-born Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) is generally acknowledged as
the father of abstract art. Freed from a dependence on recognizable
images, this "motif-less" art was able, Kandinsky believed, to
establish a more direct communication between painter and spectator.
Just as in music melody and beat were able to affect the listener
directly, without need for images or words, so too could pure form and
color affect the spectator more directly. Since art, like music, was
primarily spiritual, representational objects, spatial perspective, and
narrative only set up additional barriers to the experience of reality
the work of art presented.
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