Picasso and Matisse have their 20th Century peer in Wassily Kandinsky (1886-1944). Kandinsky believed that art could visually express music, and is credited for painting the first modern abstractions. He was inspired by the radiantly colorful churches and homes of his native Russia. In “Farbstudie Quadrate,” color and rhythm make beautiful music together.
Wassily Kandinsky (1886 – 1944), the father of abstract art, also a skilled musician, strongly associated music with art. Kandinsky, who named works after musical terms, saw color when he listened to music, and believed color could visually express music’s timber, pitch and volume. At age 30, Kandinsky’s artistic career began when he left a legal career to pursue artistic studies after seeing Monet’s “Haystacks.” Passionately compelled to create, Kandinsky believed that the purity of this desire would communicate itself to viewers of his work.