Synaesthesia and Wassily Kandinsky

Dr Shock
September 4, 2007

Wassily Kandinsky

In the 1880s, Francis Galton described a condition in which “persons…almost invariably think of numerals in visual imagery.” This “peculiar habit of mind” is today called synaesthesia”, and Galton’s description clearly defines this condition as one in which stimuli of one sensory modality elicit sensations in another of the senses.

Read this article on Scienceblog: neurophilosophy. This article got my attention since the expressionist artist Wassily Kandinsky was also a synaesthete and Dr Shock is an admirer of Wassily Kandinski. Kandinsky in whom musical tones elicited specific colours, was a tone-colour synaesthete. Kandinsky used his synaesthesia to inform the artisitic process – he tried to capture on canvass the visual equivalent of a symphony.

Wassily Kandinsky

 

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  2. Largest Kandinsky Copy on Weilheim Square in Germany | Dr Shock MD PhD on August 2nd, 2008 at 11:38 am
  3. [...] Wasily Kandinsky didn’t suffer from mental illness but he had synaesthesia. Kandinsky in whom musical tones elicited specific colours, was a tone-colour synaesthete. Kandinsky used his synaesthesia to inform the artisitic process – he tried to capture on canvass the visual equivalent of a symphony. An aerial view shows the market square of the southern Bavarian town of Weilheim, Germany painted with a copy of Russian-born French Expressionist Wasily Kandinsky’s painting ‘Weilheim-Maria’s square’. 500 mostly students have been working on it for three weeks. AKPC_IDS += "4358,";Popularity: 1% [?]SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Painters and Psychiatry", url: "http://www.shockmd.com/2009/11/14/painters-and-psychiatry/" }); [...]

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