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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0810912287, Hardcover)Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was one of the founders of abstract painting, perhaps the most revolutionary development in 20th-century art. In this book, 40 of his major works are reproduced in full-page colorplates, each with an accompanying commentary.
Author Thomas M. Messer has selected important paintings from every period of Kandinsky's long and varied career. The early Riding Couple is followed by such masterpieces as the apocalyptic Composition VI and Composition VII, which date from the years before World War I that witnessed Kandinsky's radical breakthrough into a richly colored abstraction. Other colorplates include the complete set of four decorative panels executed in 1914 for the American collector Edwin R. Campbell and Several Circles, perhaps the finest geometric work from Kandinsky's years at the Bauhaus school in Germany. The artist's final decade, spent in Paris, is represented by such works as the valedictory Tempered Elan.
The introduction includes discussion of Kandinsky's highly original contributions to aesthetic theory, developed in the famous Blue Rider Almanac and his influential treatises On the Spiritual in Art and Point and Line to Plane. Photographs of the artist, his family, and his associates are also featured.m
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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 as 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. 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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