Class 3: CONSTRUCTIVISM January 20 th
In this time of the great struggle for a new art we fight like disorganised ‘savages’ against an old, established power.
The battle seems to be unequal, but spiritual matters are never decided by numbers, only the power of ideas.
On studying Folk Culture in Vologda region, 1889:
I shall never forget the great wooden houses covered with carving: they taught me to move within the picture, to live
in the picture. I still remember how I entered the living room for the first time and stood rooted to the spot before the
unexpected scene. Every object was covered with brightly coloured, elaborate ornaments… The red [or icon] corner,
thickly, completely covered with painted and printed pictures of the saints…. I felt surrounded on all sides by the
painting, into which I had thus penetrated.
Theosophy: A syncretistic system of thought following chiefly Hindu philosophies and associated with a movement
originating in the US in 1871 aiming to create a universal brotherhood of man and to guide the individual toward
Concerning the Spiritual In Ar , 191
For Kandinsky art was ‘one of the mightiest elements’ of ‘spiritual life’, and argued that the ‘inner necessity’
of the twentieth century artist could reveal spiritual truth in a way that institutionalised religious art could not.’
Color is the principal conveyor of inner necessity.
Synesthesia: The term "synesthesia" originates from the Greek syn (together) and aisthesis (perceive).
The violins, the deep tones of the basses, and especially the wind instruments at that time embodied for me all the
power of that prenocturnal hour. I saw all my colors in my mind; they stood before my eyes. Wild, almost crazy lines
were sketched in front of me
Kandinsky on painting and conflict: Painting is like a thundering collision of different worlds that are destined in and
through conflict to create that new world called the work.
ｷ Russian Constructivism was not meant to be an abstract style of art – nor even an art per se, at its core was a d