Friday, April 1, 2011

Making the visible

Yesterday I visited the Albertina. 

If you are a crafter or an artist or anyone looking for inspiration, the Albertina is the place!  This month the museum exhibits the works of the “Der Blaue Reiter” or “The Blue Rider”, a group of artists painting and drawing at the dawn of the twentieth century. You already know many of these artists: Klee, Kandinsky, Macke…

I walked through the Albertina’s quiet rooms, pausing to look at the expressions of so many talented artists.  In one dim corner, I discovered a quote attributed to Paul Klee:

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes the visible.” 

This is what drives us!  The desire to take that which is inside and bring it forth into the world, into whatever form of expression it may become.

Wassily Kandinsky, in particular, spoke.  His color studies expressed triads of reds, blues and yellows, and tetrads that added violets and oranges.  His compositions included concentric circles or rings.  These expressions were ancient and modern, primitive and sophisticated.  

They looked like baskets!

Today I am reminded and refreshed and inspired to keeping making the visible.

A color study from Kandinsky:


  1. Totally pretty. And I love Kandinsky. His colors and the compostion of his paintings are breathtaking. I was in Paris last month and had the chance to visit the Centre Pompidou - their collection of Kandinskys were stunning!

  2. Kandinsky was my biggest inspiration the other day I went to the Blaue Reiter exhibition, partly because he had law/economics background and enrolled into art school in his 30s. It definitely is a great example for me to push myself further!


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