Thursday, December 18, 2014


I wouldn't always take note of a historic person's birthday, but Kandinsky and I have always had kinda of a thing. His birthday was the 16th of this month and scrolling through his images online kind of took me back to my childhood or at least my early adolescence.

The Huffington Post put up an article of 9 things you might not know about Kandinsky. None of those surprised me. It is his work that drew me to art at first. My first love you could say.

I still remember a trip to the National Gallery in DC.
I saw his Improvistaion 31 Sea Battle.
I bought a small print of it from the gift shop.
That print followed me all through college. I'm sure I still have it somewhere.

Sometime in my late 20's I decided that I didn't want to display prints of overly recognizable art. It felt disingenuous, but even so I still love that piece.

I can't explain exactly why I like it. The colors yes, but it is something else. It makes my heart swell the same way it does when I hear great classical music. Not surprising since he found music and art to be inseparable. 
I prefer the pieces along these same lines. The softness of shape and form. The vibrant blended color.

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