This Official Postcrossing card came to me from Austria! I double-checked just now to make sure I’m showing this card right-side up, because I wasn’t sure at first XD This is a work of art by Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian painter and art theorist of the early 1900s. Kandinsky is known as one of the fathers of abstract art, an art form that, in my opinion, is one of the most easily distinguishable. Just a little bit about Kandinsky – he started off studying law, and ended up being hired as a law professor. It wasn’t until he was 30 that he set off for Munich in Germany that he began studying art. (Kinda reassuring for me as it means it’s not too late for a career change for myself…) He wasn’t accepted into the University of Munich right away, though – so in the meantime, he studied art on his own. It was during this period that the foundation for his later paintings would be laid down, influenced by works of art such as Monet’s “Haystacks” and Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin”, as well as the teachings of Russian philosopher Madame Blatvatsky. For Kandinsky, abstract painting was a heavily spiritual thing, and was used to convey one’s “inner necessity” – basically, an expression of the human soul – rather than to portray physical things. Music, which bore a significant influence on Kandinsky’s work, can be likened to this type of art in how non-objective components evoke emotions and sensations in someone (for example, the way certain instruments resonate with a listener). His painting later developed into most geometry-focused works, which is where this piece – Composition 8 – comes into play. It’s like when math class meets art class, eh? Through his teachings of art theory, Kandinsky sought to create a universal aesthetic language using geometric patterns like what’s shown here. Think about that for a sec: a language using not characters, but visuals… used to express not words, but one’s “inner necessity” – the soul! It’s a language that expresses something that goes beyond what words can convey! Using lots of exclamation points right now because I think that’s underratedly brilliant. Never have I been this worked up about shapes. Not since geometry class in the first half of my 8th grade schoolyear (rough time…) Thank you so much for sharing this awesome postcard with me, Karl!