Such periods, during which art has no noble champion, during which the true spiritual food is wanting, are periods of retrogression in the spiritual world… Men attribute to these blind and dumb periods a special value, for they judge them by outward result, thinking only of material well-being… Real spiritual gains are at best undervalued, at worst entirely ignored. The solitary visionaries are despised or regarded as abnormal and eccentric… The question “what?” disappears from art; only the question “how?” remains… The word becomes a creed.
Art has lost her soul…
Art becomes so specialized as to be comprehensible only to artists, and they complain bitterly of public indifference to their work. For since the artist in such times has no need to say much, but only to be notorious for some small originality and consequently lauded by a small group of patrons and connaisseurs… In each artistic circle are thousands of such artists, of whom the majority seek only for some new technical manner, and who produce millions of works of art without enthusiasm, with cold hearts and souls asleep.
…Art, which has no power for the future, which is only a child of the age and cannot become a mother of the future, is a barren art. She is transitory and to all intent dies the moment the atmosphere alters which nourished her. Wassily Kandinsky