Wassily Kandinsky tells us that emotion and feeling come into the work of art at two places:
The work of art consists of two elements; the inner and the outer.
The inner element, taken by itself, is the emotion in the soul of the artist. This emotion is capable of calling forth what is, essentially, a corresponding emotion in the soul of the observer.
As long as the soul is joined to the body, it can as a rule only receive vibrations via the medium of the feelings. Feelings are therefore a bridge from the nonmaterial to the material (in the case of the artist) and from the material to the nonmaterial (in the case of the observer).
Emotion—feelings—the work of art—feelings—emotion.
(Quoted from page 292 of The Life of the Creative Spirit, by H. Charles Romesburg. Xlibris, 2001.)
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