Both Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian had to flee their jobs, studios, and homes multiple times during WWI and WWII. Kandinsky kept secret for years that he and his wife lost a child to complications from starvation during the terrible circumstances of WWI. Both men attempted to bring contemplative art that provoked conversation to a world that witnessed intense suffering and pain.
I continue to be amazed at the hopefulness, brightness, and optimism that the work of both men portray. I hope others who see my small bits of their paintings will desire to research both artists more deeply and will take heart in their stubborn refusal to be crushed by one of the most tumultuous periods in history.