Kandinsky

Kandinsky

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by Wassily Kandinsky
     
 

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Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian painter credited as being among the first to truly venture into abstract art. He persisted in expressing his internal world of abstraction despite negative criticism from his peers. He veered away from painting that could be viewed as representational in order to express his emotions, leading to his unique use of colour

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Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian painter credited as being among the first to truly venture into abstract art. He persisted in expressing his internal world of abstraction despite negative criticism from his peers. He veered away from painting that could be viewed as representational in order to express his emotions, leading to his unique use of colour and form. Although his works received heavy censure at the time, in later years they would become greatly influential.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This invaluable scholarly monograph on abstract Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) reproduces scores of recently rediscovered paintings that had languishd for decades in Soviet museums and in private collections. German art historian Hahl-Koch provides a wealth of new details on Kandinsky's life and art, discussing, for example, his little-known experimental stage plays which strove for a synthesis of all the arts, and his friendships with Paul Klee, Arnold Schonberg and composer Thomas von Hartmann, who introduced the artist to Sufism, the mystical offshoot of Islam. Most chapters include generous excerpts from Kandinsky's newspaper articles, essays and unpublished letters, creating the impression of a tolerant nonconformist who saw art as inseparably linked with the higher laws of the cosmos. The wonderful reproductions furnish an exciting glimpse of Kandinsky's leap into abstraction after his early absorption of folk and religious art, fauvism and neo-impressionism. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781785250682
Publisher:
Parkstone International
Publication date:
07/13/2015
Series:
Best of
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NOOK Book
File size:
28 MB
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Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), whose works are contained in this book, not only practised art but also wrote on it extensively. He explored the theoretical aspects of the abstract art to which he ascribed, often drawing on his own work for examples, perhaps in an attempt to defend it by showing the care and thought he put into his art.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has only a handful of full-color prints of Kandinsky's work from each time period covered. The prints that are reproduced, are printed using rather dully-colored ink. You've never before seen his work look so un-alive! Sure, there are some prints, and there's plenty of history. However, if you're going to buy a Kandinsky ART book, splurge on the best-quality one; this one is just uninspiring. It's like seeing Monet in black-and-white.