Vasily Kandinsky on Blue

Kandinsky reinforces the relationship of the colour blue to distance in these quotations from The Spiritual in Art (1911).

  • Blue … moves in upon itself, like a snail retreating into its shell, and draws away from the spectator.
  • The inclination of blue to depth is so strong that its inner appeal is stronger when its shade is deeper.
  • Blue is the typical heavenly colour.
  • I perceive blue as a movement of detachment from man, from the human, a movement that draws us toward the centre of this colour but also towards the infinite, awakening in us a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural.

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