Wassily Kandinsky: 1866-1944 a Revolution in Painting
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Wassily Kandinsky: 1866-1944 a Revolution in Painting (TASCHEN's Basic Art Series #40)

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Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian-born painter, became one of the founders of 20th-century abstract art, ultimately moving toward the geometric forms for which he is best known. Some of the more beautiful works included in this title are Several Circles (1926), Hard But Soft (1927), and Graceful Ascent (1934). Readers looking for a good introduction to the works of Kandinsky wi...more
Paperback, 95 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Taschen (first published January 1st 1990)
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Kandinsky , a Russian painter who lived in Germany , led the group " Blue Rider " the Expressionist movement , which emerged between 1911 and 1914 in Munich . Despite different sensibilities and artistic expressions of its members , this group adopts a feature completely non-figurative , abstract. Believes that art is a " business spirit " that enables it to transcend the material world and goal . The colors , lines and shapes have no relationship with Nature . Paint can dispense with the object...more
This is a pretty lavish publication for its cost, containing lots of high-quality colour reproductions of some of Kandinsky's most important works and a large amount of accompanying text. The problem for me was that although the book delivers in terms of bestowing factual details of Kandinsky's life and work, and in terms of explaining his overall philosophy of art, for a complete art novice such as myself it largely failed to explain what was so important about both his individual paintings and...more
A feast for the eyes, very colourfull and a nice little book as an introduction to the artist at an affordable price.
Wassily Kandinsky: 1866-1944 a Revolution in Painting is one of Taschen's. After reading Concerning the Spiritual in Art by Kandinsky, I liked to get a little more background on him. After finishing Duechting's book, I was more surprised than ever that my 20th century art classes barely covered Kandinsky. He was on the forefront of abstraction and befriended and overlapped with artistic movements such as Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, Futurism, and was an instructor at the Bauhaus, but was barely...more
Excellent volume on one of my favorite artists. I wish there were more prints included, but the ones available were amazing, great selection. Really captures Kandinsky's artistic journey as he matures into the great abstract genius. Also provided adequate biographical info. This is all good, considering it's a small volume, just under 100 pages. I was surprised to learn that he wasn't as appreciated during his time as he should have been, but I appreciated the fact that he stayed loyal to his vi...more
Wessel van der Merwe
The book is interesting because Kandinsky was an artist in Russia, Germany and France. He was regarded as historically avant-garde artist and experienced a struggle for acceptance and understanding. When Hitler and the Gestapo closed down the Bauhaus where he was a lecturer and also as a consequence eventually total rejection of his art he moved to France and had to start all over in showing his art in a new country and producing art with inferior materials. His art is difficult to understand an...more
Rachael Tse
Good overview of Kandinsky and his practice with numerous support images of works he created and movements he explored throughout his lifetime as an artist.
Jennifer Boyce
I picked this up at a museum in New York as a souvenir (at least one souvenir has to be a book, right?). I've always been fond of works by Kandinsky so it was interesting to learn more about his life and his artistic journey.

The writing in the book was decent and there are many high-quality pictures of the paintings by Kandinsky throughout!

I'm glad that I picked this book up… it'll be a good one to page through again!
Kael Moffat
I've liked Kandinsky for quite a long time, but didn't know that much about him. Over Christmas, went with my family to the Norton Simon in Pasadena, CA and saw some of his works again and had to find out more. I have copy of The Spiritual in Art and have to find it again...I'm anxious to read it now.
A good, comprehensive introduction to Kandinsky.
Beautifully created book for a great price. Text has something for newcomers as well as the regular Kandinsky scholar.
Angela Garza
Muy buen libro!!
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