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The Blaue Reiter Almanac

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The "Blaue Reiter" (Blue Rider) art movement was founded in 1911 by the young painters Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, and was active in Europe until 1914. Originally published in Munich in 1912 and edited by Kandinsky and Marc-- the movements's almanac presented their synthesis of international culture to the European avant garde at large. In both the selection of essay ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published November 15th 2005 by MFA Publications (first published June 11th 1974)
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Tory Adkisson
Sep 02, 2012 Tory Adkisson rated it liked it
Kandinsky and Marc were incredible artists. They were not, however, coherent prose writers, and the Blaue Reiter suffers from that--it's dense, overlong, convoluted, and quite recursive. A few of the essays fare better than others, and the Almanac certainly functions well as an introduction to Kandinsky and Marc's particular brand of German Expressionism, but it's not much for casual reading.
May 10, 2010 Anthony rated it really liked it
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pleasantly surprised by the amount of interesting music writing in a volume i expected to be more exclusively about painting. very cool essay by arnold schoenberg about the relationship between music and text-- i wasn't even aware that schoenberg was involved with the blaue reiter until i read this
Aug 06, 2011 Eduardo rated it it was amazing
Brilliant set of essays, paintings and art. A snap shot of pre-WWI idealism and the still present drive to have art be more than simply form. Worth reading and looking at. Franz Marc & Wassily Kandinsky where amazing men & artists.
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Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was a Russian painter, and Art theorist. He is credited with painting the first modern abstract works.
Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. He enrolled at the University of Moscow and chose to study law and economics. Quite successful in his profession—he was offered a professorship (chair of Roman Law) at the University of Dorpat—he started painti
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