Vera Schueler

Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art Business

First Advisor

Morgan Falconer

Second Advisor

Agnes Berecz


This thesis explores the artistic journeys of Kandinsky and Rothko, focusing on underlying motivations that led them towards the realm of abstraction. Kandinsky and Rothko played pivotal roles in the development and advancement of abstraction in the art world. They shared the belief that only non-figurative art had the power to convey deep meaning and evoke profound emotions, going beyond mere representation of the physical world. Despite their divergent artistic paths, artists were united by the idea of the transformative power of artistic expression and aimed to transcend to the viewer the energy and concepts of their vision through delving into the depth of the human psyche, exploring themes of spirituality, universal connections and the subconscious mind. Kandinsky and Rothko, although in a very individual way, sought to break free from the constraints of traditional artistic representation and experimented with color, form, line, techniques and composition that empowered their work to be catalyst for the emotional and intellectual engagement, tapping into the universal themes, emotions and ideas that resonated with the broader audience