Kandinsky's nonrepresentational art: Finding meaning through aesthetic experience

Kandice Nikkole Diaz, University of Texas at El Paso


The art world is not one in which much scholarship has been conducted from a communication perspective. As such, this study attempts to add to the very little body of work that exists in the realms of both art and visual rhetoric. Abstract art, such as that of Wassily Kandinsky, is full of meaning despite the fact that it is nonobjective, and therefore considered meaningless. Using a rhetorical method, I argue that by examining the artwork of Wassily Kandinsky in certain contexts, it is possible to discover the meaning embedded in his abstract paintings, in particular his Compositions and Improvisations.

Subject Area

Art Criticism|Aesthetics

Recommended Citation

Diaz, Kandice Nikkole, "Kandinsky's nonrepresentational art: Finding meaning through aesthetic experience" (2011). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1494343.