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Concerning the spiritual in art (original 1910; edition 1977)

by Wassily Kandinsky

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Title:Concerning the spiritual in art
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Kandinsky makes a very strong case for internally motivated art. I was interested in the shapes and symbols he aligned his analysis - of humanity, religion and what he considers a more broad spirituality - with. The general biography included in this book helped me put these considerations into a historical context and chart the development of his ideas by recording his actions and the groups he was aligned with. ( )
  sam_blanch | Nov 8, 2012 |
Kandinsky spent a lifetime painting in search of the spiritual. His body of work was his philosophical opus, provoked initially by the prodigious philosophical works of Madame Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society, in which she introduced the Western world--and Kandinsky--to Eastern philosophies. Kandinsky believed that art had a duty to be spiritual in nature, an expression of "inner need," as he came to call it. He called "art for art's sake" a "vain squandering of artistic power" (p, 3). Concerning the Spiritual in Art was both his call to artists to meet their obligation to humanity and his attempt to define and explain color and form in its relation to expressing the message of the soul. (October 1996)
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Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own which can never be repeated. Efforts to revive the art-principles of the past will at best produce an art that is still-born. It is impossible for us to live and feel, as did the ancient Greeks. In the same way those who strive to follow the Greek methods in sculpture achieve only a similarity of form, the work remaining soulless for all time. Such imitation is mere aping. Externally the monkey completely resembles a human being; he will sit holding a book in front of his nose, and turn over the pages with a thoughtful aspect, but his actions have for him no real meaning.
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Quels sont les pouvoirs de la couleur ? Comment agit-elle sur notre conscience profonde ?
Quelle est la situation* créatrice de l'homme dans notre société actuelle ? Ecrit en 1910 alors que l'artiste venait de peindre son premier tableau abstrait, nourri des observations et des expériences accumulées peu à peu, ce livre compte parmi les textes théoriques essentiels qui ont changé le cours de l'art moderne.
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Pioneering work by the great modernist painter, considered by many to be the father of abstract art and a leader in the movement to free art from traditional bonds. Kandinsky's provocative thoughts on color theory and the nature of art. Analysis of Picasso, Matisse, and earlier masters. 12 illustrations.

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Wassily Kandinsky was one of the most influential painters of the twentieth century, and this book lays out the tenets of painting as he saw them, and makes the case for non-objective artistic forms. This edition contains correspondence between the artist and translator and prose poems by Kandinsky. This translation originally published: as The art.… (more)

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