The role of mathematical structure, natural form and pattern in the art theory of Wassily Kandinsky: the quest for order and unity
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This paper will attend to the use of mathematical structure, natural form and pattern in the writings of Wassily Kandinsky, focussing in particular on the 'Point and Line to Plane' (1926), but also exploring earlier number and geometrical forms (what we might call mathematical patterns), and in a combination of geometric, graphic and natural forms arranged in sequences (more general morphological patterns). The paper will consider first, Kandinsky’s references to mathematic, geometry, and abstract patterns of perception; then, it will consider patterns that Kandinsky discovers in nature and in art. In each of these talks, it will begin to uncover Kandinsky’s theory of evolution. Kandinsky’s purpose in using such structure is to establish coherent principles of construction within abstract art, and to seek out and fully realise what he called 'synthesis' in art and life.
Short.C, 'The role of mathematical structure, natural form and pattern in the art theory of Wassily Kandinsky: the quest for order and unity' in Meanings of Abstract Art: Between Nature and Theory, ed. Paul Crowther & Isabel Wunsche, Routledge, 2012, pp 64-80
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