"Art does not reproduce what we see. It makes us see".
It is said that Kandinsky heard his paintbox "hiss"--that he actually associated color with sound, working to make his paintings unify the senses, combining the balance of symmetry of art to demonstrate the same qualities as used in music composition.
Kandinsky was a founder of the 1911 German expressionist movement which Paul Klee later joined and the two became lifelong friends. Klee, a gifted violinist, rejected the chance to study music, seeing it as a repetition and performance of the past, whereas the art scene was more progressive. His early affiliation with music and composition however, bled into his artwork, giving us compositions of flowing paths and contradictory colors. The juxtaposition of Klee's color selection to his subject matter is akin to the music of Bjork, who often uses traditional instruments of other cultures in rich contrast to her ethereal voice which tinges on being techno-friendly and somewhat sharp.
Sonia Delaunay was married to Robert Delaunay, also affiliated with the "Blue Rider" group where he became friends with Klee and Kandinsky. Sonia, like me, began her art career in fashion and design. Robert and Sonia, said to be "soul mates" pushed the color boundaries, intending for the unify the viewer's senses. Their history is intertwined possibly either because of their deep love or in combination with the fact that despite the liberal times of the early 1900s, women were still not seen as equal to men and Sonia practiced the "softer" art of design. Sonia and Robert's work marked a period referred to as "Orphism" after Orpheus, the Greek god whose music produced magical effects. Her background in fashion and design shines through her work, through her attention to detail and execution.
Is it true? Can it be true? Do colors make sound? Is a C Major Clear Blue or a G Major yellow? I certainly think so- and I can give you colors for the other notes. So did Beethoven who describes a B minor as a black key. After studying the pictures at the VMFA, I came home and created my own "Ode to Kandinsky" (shown above), combining surrealist factors, music and color (or lack thereof). I have played the piano since I was 4, educated at Adademia Musical Steiner http://academiasteiner.com.ar/. I was so lucky that I had a "professora" who believed and taught us to look for relationships between art and music, believing that the art of music was the quickest way to reach a person's heart.
Much like the members of the The Blue Rider, I aim to translate my life of experiences into color and shape, mesmerizing the viewer into the unification of their senses, the very same unification of senses, which allows me to present such images--the combination of sound and color.