Working in Munich during 1911–12, Russian émigré Vassily Kandinsky wrote the treatise Concerning the Spiritual in Art, which established that a work of art could be totally abstract and devoid of a representational concept yet still express emotions. According to the artist, the image should develop first in the inner mind, or subconscious, and then in pictorial form. This is exemplified here in the bird surrounded by abstract forms.
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