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Complete Writings on Art

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Kandinsky by Wassily Kandinsky

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Of all the giants of twentieth-century art, Wassily Kandinsky (1866--1944) was the most prolific writer. Here, available for the first time in paperback, are all of Kandinsky's writings on art, newly translated into English. Editors Kenneth C. Lindsay and Peter Vergo have taken their translations directly from Kandinsky's original texts, and have included select interviews, lecture notes, and newly discovered items along with his more formal writings. The pieces range from one-page essays to the book-length treatises On the Spiritual in Art (1911) and Point and Line to Plane (1926), and are arranged in chronological order from 1901 to 1943. The poetry, good enough to stand on its literary merits, is presented with all the original accompanying illustrations. And the book's design follows Kandinsky's intentions, preserving the spirit of the original typography and layout.Kandinsky was nearly thirty before he bravely gave up an academic career in law for his true passion, painting. Though his art was marked by extraordinarily varied styles, Kandinsky sought a pure art throughout, one which would express the soul, or "inner necessity," of the artist. His uncompromising search for an art which would elicit a response to itself rather than to the object depicted resulted in the birth of nonobjective art--and in these writings, Kandinsky offered the first cogent explanation of his aims. His language was characterized by its desire for vivification, of the infusion of life into mundane things.Considered as a whole, Kandinsky's writings exceed all expectations of what an artist should accomplish with words. Not only do his ideas and observations make us rethink the nature of art and the way it reflects the aspirations of his era, but they touch on matters vital to the situation of the human soul.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306805707
ISBN-10: 0306805707
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 54mm)
Pages: 972
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1994
Country of Publication: United States

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Kandinsky by Wassily Kandinsky Kandinsky, Paperback (March 2003)

Striking images by early 20th-century master abstractionist: Horizontals, Between the Two of Us, Bright Lucidity, Multicolored Circle, Red Oval, Subdued Glow, Checkered, and Painting within a Painting.

Six Kandinsky Cards by Wassily Kandinsky Six Kandinsky Cards, Paperback (February 2000)

Six of the great Russian-born artist's most memorable canvases, including Composition VIII (1923), Multicolored Circle (1921) and Checkered (1925), reproduced as full-color postcards. Just detach and mail.

Sounds by Wassily Kandinsky Sounds, Paperback (June 1981)

Poems and woodcuts by the Russian painter portray in child-like images the constant transformations that shape our world.

Point and Line to Plane by Wassily Kandinsky Point and Line to Plane, Paperback (March 1980)

This famous work by a pioneer in the movement to free art from the bonds of tradition explores the role of the line, point, and other key elements of non-objective painting. 127 illustrations.

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Author Biography - Wassily Kandinsky

Kenneth C. Lindsay is Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York in Binghamton. He has published widely on Kandinsky. Peter Vergo is professor of art history and theory at Essex University in England, and has published extensively on twentieth-century German and Austrian art.

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