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Kandinsky (Masters of Art)
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 Yo ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
(first published 1997)
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This is a great book for any fan of Kandinsky's art. It has 40 full-page color plates of some of his most significant works, spanning more than 40 years of his professional output. Each of these is accompanied by several paragraphs of focused analysis. The first 50 pages of the book feature an in-depth biography and analysis of Kandinsky's progression as he moves to between Germany, Russia, and France, and his art evolves through several distinct periods. The biographical half of the book contai ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
I skimmed the text in this one, but drooled over and carefully studied the color plates. All in preparation for a lesson with my students on building abstractions, primarily music based. Kandinsky was a great way to introduce them to the idea of making art that was an emotional response to their surroundings.