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Point and Line to Plane

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"I had the impression that here painting itself comes to the foreground; I wondered if it would not be possible to go further in this direction."
Thus did the young Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) react to his first viewing of Monet's Haystack, included in an 1895 Moscow exhibit of French Impressionists. It was his first perception of the dematerialization of
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1979 by Dover Publications (first published January 1926)
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Πρόκειται για ένα πρωτοποριακό βιβλίο, ειδικά για την εποχή του, μία απόπειρα κατανόησης και εξήγησης της αφηρημένης τέχνης που σίγουρα σε ωθεί να αντικρίσεις με μία τελείως διαφορετική οπτική τον συγκεκριμένο τομέα της ζωγραφικής αλλά και το σύνολο των καλλιτεχνικών συνθέσεων. Η απόπειρα αυτή ξεκινάει από το πιο βασικό στοιχείο, το σημείο, για να περάσει στη γραμμή και να καταλήξει στο επίπεδο και στην τελική σύνθεση των επιμέρους στοιχείων. Όλες οι εντάσεις, εσωτερικές και εξωτερικές, τα χρώμα ...more
La lettura di questo saggio è stata davvero interessante. I contenuti non sono di facile assimilazione, perché sono anche molto personali e comunque rappresentano una concezione di arte e di pittura risalente ormai a circa cento anni fa, e l'arte contemporanea intanto ne ha fatta di strada, è stato scritto tantissimo, le teorie si sono evolute a una velocità incredibile e in direzioni completamente diverse. Ma in ogni caso questo libro ci aiuta a comprendere il flusso che è alla base del pensier ...more
Lucia M
Quiero leer más libros sobre mi campo laboral y mi otra pasión que es el arte. Sin embargo, los libros más teóricos son difíciles de encontrar incluso pirateando. Específicamente este libro es interesante, pero quería leer algo más sesudo y de corte filosófico, no fue lo que encontré. No me rendiré.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saggi
Apprezzavo già Kandinskij, ma solo a livello istintivo, avendone studiato semplicemente l'inquadramento storico ed alcuni pincipi base alle superiori.
Questo saggio mi ha aperto un mondo: non immaginavo che le teoria alla base della sua opera fosse così ambiziosa: scomporre e analizzare le regole compositive dell'opera d'arte (non solo della pittura) e della natura, codificarle quindi in un linguaggio per poterne controllare esattamente gli effetti "emotivi".
La prossima volta che avrò modo di amm
Matthew Conroy
Nov 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Nina J. Kors
Ho provato a leggere questo libro parecchie volte: Kandinsky mi piaceva tantissimo e il titolo è intrigante.
Poi, a sfogliare le pagine, si trovano tanti disegni: triangoli, linee, scarabocchi.

Una sorta di testo di grafica pubblicato originariamente nel 1926 (casa editrice diretta da Walter Gropius e Ladislaus Moholy-Nagy, capisci...)

Forse si prende il mano il libro con il desiderio di scoprire i segreti della pittura e della creatività di Vassily Kandinsky.
Però non sono mai riuscita a leggerlo.
May 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
I am certain I missed the point of this book. It seemed to me a very good attempt to establish solid art theory, but it still felt very subjective, and without any science to back up its claims I am not certain it can qualify.
Ed Smiley
Nov 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Read alongside Abstraction in Art and Nature. These two books take diametrically opposite, and supplementary approaches.
Point and Line to Plane is primarily a priori and Abstraction in Art and Nature a posteriori. They benefit from being read together.

Unlike Abstraction in Art and Nature , this derives formal relationship through a quasi-axiomatic method, using the most elementary visual primitives. Kandinsky attempts to derive and relate intuitive and emotional responses to these forms. He gen
Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebekah by: Cisco
we disagree, kandinsky and i. but with arguing, how much better to have something direct and strong to argue against.

there are also several worthwhile illustrations of ships and very generous margins for marking in.

Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history-of-art
Kandinsky's books are like his paintings - abstract for me.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Completely changed my point of view on abstractionism!
A difficult read, but a very interesting idea is developed. Kandinsky attempts to codify artistic composition scientifically.
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
It was the best introduction to the depth of abstract art.
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Καντίνσκι, Σημείο, Γραμμή – Σημείο

Αυτό που επεδίωξε ο συγγραφέας με αυτό το έργο του ήταν να θέσει τις βάσεις ώστε η αφηρημένη τέχνη να αποκτήσει τη σπουδαιότητα που της αρμόζει.
Ξεκινάει με το σημείο, που κατά τη γνώμη του ανήκει στις συνήθειες που είναι μέσα μας αγκυροβολημένες με την παραδοσιακή τους αντήχηση, που είναι άφωνη. Η αντήχηση της σιωπής, που συντροφεύει συνήθως το σημείο, είναι τόσο δυνατή που ξεκουφαίνει τις άλλες ιδιότητες.
Το σημείο αυτό υπάρχει πάντα μέσα μας, όμως τοποθετείται
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun and useful "technical" treatment of fundamental issues of mark making.

Never ceases to amaze me how much one can squeeze out of the smallest detail in mark making. Applies equally to writing as it does to image making.

WK was deeply focused and verbose. Very helpful to studying and playing with his approach.
Luis Francisco Martínez
Debido a la próxima visita de la obra de Kandinsky a la Ciudad de México me puse a revisar un poco de su teoría pictórica, qué mejor que sus propias palabras para entender los conceptos de sus abstracciones. Explica de forma bastante coherente la relación que tienen para él la línea, el punto y el plano, su interacción con la geometría, el color, la dinámica y la música.
Making synesthesia a science. Astonishing. Ever wonder why Kiki is the spiky one and Boohbah is the round one? read this book.

I found myself thinking more profound thoughts than normal while reading this. It might take a while for them to trickle down to everyday thinking.
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, graphic-design
Leí este libro a pedido del profesor de Morfología en Diseño Gráfico y aunque se me hizo algo pesado, por el hecho de que no había leído nada prácticamente en este tema, debo decir que fue entretenido leerlo, y que me dejo un poco mas claras las cosas.
Jorge Romero
This book is definitely deep. Author explained about the characterization of the basic concepts: point and line. This objects create various emotions when the viewer interacts with them. But, the author speaks with a specialist audience and breaks the rhythm of reading for the initiated.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interessante descrizione delle idee che stanno alla base delle sue opere.
Марина Хомич
Книга будет интересной любознательным в сфере искусства людям, но читается тяжело.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great art theory
Flor ✨
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kandinsky es un gran "meh" para mí.
Sharon R.
May 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really struggled to grind through this. Kandinsky is one of my favorite artists, and I'm fascinated by his pivitol role in the transition he made from representational to abstract art. That said, the book is a real slog through an early attempt to create a language and system for creating abstract art. At least to me it was mostly impenetrable.
There are some good parts - when he compares abstract art to music. Lots of music is abstract. No one says, "I just don't get it," when they hear a wor
Matt Maldre
Aug 08, 2012 marked it as quit-reading
Shelves: books-i-own, art
This book reads like Kandinsky is on drugs. Don't get me wrong, I love his writings on religion, painting, and interdisciplinary arts. But in this particular book he waxes on about dots and lines. Despite his stretching the concepts of dots and lines, there is a certain amount of truth in it.

If you'd to hear an eccentric Russian talk about dots and lines, this is the book for you. Here's a taste with just one paragraph (of hundreds) with Kandinsky talking about dots.
"The point's external conce
Carlos Mendez
Qué puedo decir, Kandinsky definitivamente no es escritor. No entendí muchas cosas, no entendí muchas palabras que decía en el libro.. pero no porque usara tecnicismos que solo pintores o artistas pudieran entender, sino porque usaba metáforas. No sé si con estas metáforas esperaba que ayudaran a las personas a comprender mejor, porque no fue mi caso, o será que simplemente yo no tengo imaginación.
A veces sentía que su intención era de que no esperaba que lo comprendiéramos totalmente. No explic
Elizabeth Goldring
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This might sound weird but I found this book not only amazing for learning but incredibly entertaining as well. I tried to imagine various case scenario for the context in which it was written because it sounded vibrant at times and incredibly fun.
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came to me by a recommendation. The person that gave it to me thought that it would help me with my photo essay. It did, a lot, but it wasn't the kind of book that I use to read, so it took me a long time to finish it.
The best of ....
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
“Repetition is a potent means of heightening the inner vibration and is, at the same time, a source of elementary rhythm which, in turn, is a means to the attainment of elementary harmony in every form of art.” 1 likes
“Thus we look upon the geometric point as the ultimate and most singular union of silence and speech.” 1 likes
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