Alongside the rise of Cubism, Wassily Kandinsky also became a pioneer of non-figurative art, substituting traditional subjects for a symphony of color and lines. While many artists removed the constraints of representation in order to explore paint as itself or to escape the 2-dimensionality of a canvas, Kandinsky saw the potential in color as a language or a melody, able to invoke universal emotions and reflect spirituality.
Kandinsky's philosophies of color often echoed the neurological disorder of synesthesia. While it is unclear whether Kandinsky was actually diagnosed, many Russian artists and musicians claimed such a disorder, feeding the belief that superior minds would know an undeniable connection between color and music.
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