We're all familiar with the concept of a chair reaction, a linear progression of events, each the direct cause of the one following it. A chain reaction occured a hundred years ago in painting. It lasted some fifty years or more, and even today, we still see its results on the posh gallery walls of most big art market cities.
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the Church of St. Ursula, 1908,
Each of the "planters" brought their own "DNA" to the movement. Miro's genes were symbolic with a trace of surrealism. Mondrian's roots were pure Cubism. Kandinsky's contribution was quite literally an epiphany of color. It is said that he discovered the "inherent expressive properties of color" divorced from the "real" world one evening after a long day of painting. He was struck by an image of "extraordinary beauty, full of inner radiance" which had eluded him in his struggle to unleash it in his landscape painting. This "vision" turned out to be one of his earlier paintings accidentally placed upside down, thus destroying it's originaly representational composition. From that moment on, color began to take on an almost "religious" importance to Kandinsky.
White on White, 1918,