Thus the spirit of the individual artist is mirrored in the form. The form bears the stamp of the personality. The personality, however, naturally cannot be conceived as something which stands outside of Time and Space. Rather, it is subject to a certain extent, to Time (epoch) and to Space (people). Just as each individual artist has to make his word known, so does each People, and consequently, also that People to whom this artist belongs. This connection is mirrored in the form and is characterized by the national element in the work.
(W. Kandinsky ” Concerning the Spiritual in Art”)
Art may be the first expression of changes to come. A knowing, deep inside, expresses itself as a signpost. I read the Kandinsky essay ” Concerning the Spiritual in Art” this morning. An essay written in 1912. The influence of music has been very important on the birth of abstract art, as it is abstract by nature—it does not try to represent the exterior world but rather to express in an immediate way the inner feelings of the human soul. Kandinsky sometimes used musical terms to designate his works; he called many of his most spontaneous paintings “improvisations”, while he entitled more elaborated works “compositions”.