Vassily Kandinsky: “On the Spiritual in Art” (Fragments):
Any artistic creation is the daughter of its time and, most of the time, the mother of our own feelings. Likewise, each cultural period produces an art that is its own and that can not be repeated. Trying to revive artistic principles of the past can result, at best, works of art that are like a dead child before birth. For example, it is totally impossible to feel and live inwardly as the ancient Greeks did. Attempts to reactualize the Greek principles of sculpture will only result in forms similar to Greek ones, but the work will be eternally dead. Art is on a higher level than Nature, this is not a new premise. New principles never come out of nothing, but are in a causal relationship with the past and the future.
Represented in a graph, the spiritual life would be like a triangle divided into three unequal parts. The smallest and sharpest of them points upward; as it descends, each part enlarges and widens. This triangle has a slow, almost imperceptible movement, forward and upward: in the place where today is the top vertex, tomorrow will be the next part. In such a way that what today is intelligible for the upper vertex, tomorrow will also be loaded with meaning and reason for the other part of the figure. At the top of the vertex there are many times only one Man: the Artist.
The artist does not have at last the reproduction of Nature, although it is artistic, but the manifestation of his inner world. The inner need is gestated and determined by three mystical needs:
1. The Artist, as creator, will express what is specific to him (element of personality).
2. The Artist, as a child of his time, will express what is specific to it (elements of style, as internal value, constituted by the language of the time, plus the language of the country, as long as it is idiosyncratic).
3. The Artist, as an amanuensis of Art, will express what is specific to Art in general (elements of the genuine and everlasting artistic, which survives in all men, times and lands, because the essence of Art is subtracted from Time and to space).
Kandinsky´s Art Works:
Vassily Kandinsky: “Sobre lo Espiritual en el Arte” (Fragmentos):
Cualquier creación artística es hija de su tiempo y, la mayoría de las veces, madre de nuestros propios sentimientos. Igualmente, cada período cultural produce un arte que le es propio y que no puede repetirse. Pretender revivir principios artísticos del pasado puede dar como resultado, en el mejor de los casos, obras de arte que sean como un niño muerto antes de nacer. Por ejemplo, es totalmente imposible sentir y vivir interiormente como lo hacían los antiguos griegos. Los intentos por reactualizar los principios griegos de la escultura, únicamente darán como fruto formas semejantes a las griegas, pero la obra estará muerta eternamente. El Arte está en un nivel superior al de la Naturaleza, esto no es una premisa nueva. Los principios nuevos nunca salen de la nada, sino que se encuentran en una relación causal…
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