Kandinsky on the Spiritual Element in Art and the Three Responsibilities of Artists – Brain Pickings

Kandinsky on the Spiritual Element in Art and the Three Responsibilities of Artists

“To harmonize the whole is the task of art.”

“Art is a form of nourishment (of consciousness, the spirit),” 31-year-old Susan Sontag wrote in her diary in 1964. “Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness,” wrote Alain de Botton half a century later in the excellent Art as Therapy. But perhaps the greatest meditation on how art serves the soul came more than a century earlier, in 1910, when legendary Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky (December 16, 1866–December 13, 1944) published Concerning the Spiritual in Art (free downloadpublic library) — an exploration of the deepest and most authentic motives for making art, the “internal necessity” that impels artists to create as a spiritual impulse and audiences to admire art as a spiritual hunger

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/06/02/kandinsky-concerning-the-spiritual-in-art/

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