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Wassily Kandinsky

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What thus appears a mighty collapse in objective terms is, when one isolates its sound, a living paeans of praise, the hymn of that new creation that follows upon the destruction of the world. (on destruction in creating his ‘Composition 4', 1913)
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Anna Moszynska, Abstract Art, Thames and Hudson, 1990

 
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