Friday, March 03, 2006

Kandinsky was an Existentialist

When we were covering Kandinsky in my Art History class the other day, I couldn't help thinking about Kierkegaard. Since Kierkegaard thought the only truth we are capable of knowing is subjective truth, he believed in using indirect methods of communication, which are not organized systematically and have to be experienced by the individual uniquely in order for the individual to arrive at subjective truth. God cannot be understood with objective reason because he is a paradox. Kandinsky appears to have used an indirect method of communication as well. Like Kierkegaard, he wanted to convey a spiritual message, and clearly his method of painting forces one to become involved in the painting and experience it on an individual, subjective level.


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