Kandinsky Research and Development

  • ‘Total abstraction offered the possibility for profound, transcendental expression’
  • ‘eliminated traditional references to depth and laid bare the different abstracted glyphs in order to communicate deeper themes and emotions common to all cultures and viewers’
  • Glyphs (symbols) of boats with oars, mountains, and figures can be seen
  • ‘did not intend for viewers to read these symbols literally and instead imbued his paintings with multiple references’

Kandinski who likened colour to music, from Sunnyside Art House: Painting to Music:


  • ‘flat planes of color and the clear, linear quality’
  • ‘dynamic balance’
  • ‘significance of shapes like triangles, circles, and the checkerboard. Kandinsky relied upon a hard-edged style to communicate the deeper content of his work’

It’s a well known fact that paintings and art, in general, are inherently subjective things. Sure, we can talk about “famous” art, but fame does not equal:

My attempts at abstracting my dream in the style of Kandinsky:

  • Total abstraction, linear abstraction, onto fabric
  • I think the total abstraction technique works well in reference to my concept – although made out of shapes, too much water was used meaning that the colours completely blend in together, as scenes in dreams do
  • This is the technique I will develop further into fabric work