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Kandinsky

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by Thomas Messer
 

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Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was one of the principal founders of abstract painting, perhaps the most revolutionary development in twentieth-century art. In this book, forty of his major works are reproduced at full-page colorplates. Each has been provided with an accompanying commentary by Thomas M. Messer, Director Emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim

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Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was one of the principal founders of abstract painting, perhaps the most revolutionary development in twentieth-century art. In this book, forty of his major works are reproduced at full-page colorplates. Each has been provided with an accompanying commentary by Thomas M. Messer, Director Emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, which possesses one of the most comprehensive collections of Kandinsky’s art in existence.

Based on decades of experience with the artist’s work, Messer has selected notable paintings from every period of Kandinsky’s long and varied career, drawn from major museum collections. The early years of Kandinsky’s maturity are represented by such remarkable images as the mythological Riding Couple, in the Lenbachhaus, Munich. From the “heroic” period of his work—the years before World War I, which witnessed his breakthrough into a richly colored, high expressionistic abstraction—the plate selection features both Composition IV (The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg) and Composition VII (The State Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow), two huge apocalyptic paintings generally regarded as among the artist’s supreme achievements. Also included is the complete group of four decorative panels executed in 1914 for the apartment of the American collector Edwin R. Campbell and now in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The artist’s subsequent body of work, done at the Bauhaus in the 1920s and early 1930s in a geometric style, is strongly represented by such masterpieces as Several Circles in the Guggenheim Museum. From Kandinsky’s final decade, spent in Paris, come paintings given by his widow to the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou, among them the valedictory Tempered Elan.

Along with his major artistic achievements, Kandinsky’s highly original contributions to aesthetic theory are also discussed by Messer, in an extended introductory essay. Kandinsky’s critical ideas, developed in the famous Blue Rider Almanac and in his two influential treatises on abstract painting—On the Spiritual in Art and Point and Line to Plane—here provide the reader with intriguing ways to approach his art. A selection of documentary photographs of Kandinsky and his associates and a number of supplementary artworks reproduced in black-and-white complete the volume.

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Collects 40 colorplate reproductions of Kandinsky's major works, each accompanied by commentary. Meser (Director Emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, NY) has selected from major museum collections notable paintings from every period of the artist's long and varied career. In an introductory essay, he discusses Kandinsky's highly original contributions to aesthetic theory. The oversize (9.5x 12.5<">) volume also contains a selection of documentary photographs of Kandinsky and his associates and a number of supplementary b&w reproductions of his artwork. The series note appears only in the CiP record, not in the book. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9781435117495
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
06/11/2009
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
12.26(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.67(d)

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IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT KANDINSKY THE MAN AND HIS ART AND STYLE THIS IS THE BOOK TO HAVE. THE BOOKS' LAYOUT AND PRESENTATION IS EXCELLENT. IT DISPLAYS HIS WORK AND TELLS HIS STORY OF HIS LIFE AND HIS ART WITH GREAT FLARE. I ENJOY LOOKING AT HIS ART AND THE STYLE IN WHICH HE PAINTED.