|Der Blaue Reiter, 1903, Wassily Kandinsky.|
The German expressionist group by the same
name came in 1911.
For example, he didn't think much of revivals. Not the religious sort. There's no indication what he thought of them. I'm talking about artistic revivals--Neo-Gothic, Neoclassicism, Pre-Raphaelites, Neo-Impressionism, etc. He counts only that art produced which reflects current times as having any "soul." His reasoning is, we don't live in times past and as a result, we can't feel what artists then felt. Thus, while we may attempt to contrive some semblance of their art, Kandinsky calls it "stillborn." At best we come up with what is a similarity of form. It will lack spirit.
|Wassily Kandinsky, thinking abstractly.|
The painting he abstractly called
Composition VIII, dating from 1923.