Wassily Kandinsky: Improvisation on Mahogany (1910)

“Kandinsky’s first major breakthrough was his discovery that color, when disassociated from representational concerns, could become the principal subject of a painting. Taking his cue from musical composition, Kandinsky determined that every color corresponded with a particular emotion or “sound.” “Color becomes increasingly crucial. [… They] transport the subject to the sphere of dream and legend….

Wassily Kandinsky: Rapallo, Boote (1905)

Abandoning a promising legal career in Moscow at the age of 30, Kandinsky traveled to Munich to study painting. From 1903 and for the next five years he traveled widely throughout Russia, North Africa and Europe, arriving with companion Gabriele Münter in Rapallo on Italy’s North West coast in December 1905. They rented a house…

Vivaldi Four Seasons: Autumn

Voices of Music The full version of Vivaldi’s Autumn, performed on original instruments by the award winning Early Music ensemble Voices of Music. Carla Moore, solo baroque violin. 4K video from our December, 2018, concerto program. Source: Voices of Music Image Source Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Park von St. Cloud–Herbst I, (1906), signed ‘KANDINSKY’ (lower left)…

Lessons from Nature with Wassily, William, and Luda

William Wordsworth’s poem, The Tables Turned, Wassily Kandinsky’s painting Park von St. Cloud -Herbst, and a lovely post by Luda at Plants and Beyond remind us why we need to unplug, venture out, and notice the gifts of nature. The Tables Turned by William Wordsworth Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books; Or surely…