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The fish and the line

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Approaching it in one way I see no essential difference between a line one calls “abstract” and a fish. But an essential likeness. This isolated line and the isolated fish alike are living beings with forces peculiar to them, though latent. They are forces of expression for these beings and of impression on human beings. Because each being has an impressive “look” which manifests itself by its expression. But the voice of these latent forces is faint and limited. It is the environment of the line and the fish that brings about a miracle: the latent forces awaken, the expression becomes radiant, the impression profound…The fish can swim, eat and be eaten. It has then capacities of which the line is deprived. These capacities of the fish are necessary extras for the fish itself and for the kitchen, but not for painting. And so not being necessary, they are superfluous. That is why I like the line better than the fish—at least in my painting.

Wassily Kandinsky, “Line and Fish”

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October 6, 2018 at 7:30 am

The eyeless fish

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Farbstudie Quadrate by Wassily Kandinsky

Form is always bound to its time…since it is nothing more than the means necessary today in which today’s revelation manifests itself…The form is the outer expression of the inner content.

Therefore one should not make a deity of form. And one should fight for the form only insofar as it can serve as a means of expression of the inner resonance. Therefore one should not seek salvation in one form…Since the form is only an expression of the content and the content is different with different artists, it is then clear that there can be many different forms at the same time which are equally good. Necessity creates the form. Fish which live at great depths have no eyes.

Wassily Kandinsky, “On the Problem of Form”

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September 10, 2016 at 7:30 am

Quote of the Day

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January 8, 2014 at 7:30 am

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