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Wassily Kandinsky: 1866-1944 a Revolution in Painting

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The founder of abstract art The Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), who later lived in Germany and France, is one of the pioneers of twentieth-century art. Nowadays he is regarded as the founder of abstract art and is, moreover, the chief theoretician of this type of painting. Together with Franz Marc and others he founded the group of artists known as the "Blau ...more
Paperback, 95 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Taschen (first published January 1st 1990)
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Jul 27, 2015 Forrest rated it it was amazing
A lavishly-illustrated, easily-digested account of Kandinsky's career and the careful thought he put behind his paintings. Kandinsky is portrayed here as an emotionally-honest artist who worked with great focus and intent. His works were in no way haphazard, but carefully calculated in their design, the thought behind them, and the emotional effect that Kandinsky hoped to achieve.

I was surprised that Kandinsky was a sort of early existentialist, particularly in his feeling that the soul of man w
Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch

The Vasily Kandinsky I seemed to have had in mind before viewing this summer’s (2014) Milwaukee Art Museum Kandinsky retrospective (prepared in concert with the Musée National d'Art Moderne of the Centre Pompidou Paris) was, apparently, largely the Kandinsky of the 20th century’s teens: to my mind confusing, messy – even perhaps naïve, I imagined – but always, it seemed to me, obstinately provocative. His monumental (2 x 3 meter) 1913 Composition VII might do as an example:

Composition VII, 1913, Vasily Kandinsky

That exhibition broade
Apr 30, 2009 Ugh rated it liked it
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
Nov 23, 2012 Bernie rated it really liked it
A feast for the eyes, very colourfull and a nice little book as an introduction to the artist at an affordable price.
Ronan Mcdonnell
I'm not sure having read the book that I would feel comfortable explaining the genesis of Kandinsky's art, how he arrived at it or what he took it to mean. Other than to say the book introduces it as synaethestic, he ultimately teaches himself to respond to the world by producing pictures that move like music.
And that's good enough.
Hasan Makhzoum
Aug 14, 2016 Hasan Makhzoum rated it really liked it
I admired Kandinsky since the first time I saw his painting Jaune-Rouge-Bleu among the permanent collection of Centre Pompidou..

8 years later, I attended the huge event Centre Pompidou retrospective of Kandinsky's works in Paris in 2009
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My friend and I followed (well, actually we stalked) among the crowd at the exhibition a random visitor after that we've heard him talking about his PhD thesis on Kandinsky. I learned a lot after listening to him exp
Feb 09, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
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
Jan 29, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing
This book is only 96 pages long, and is full of colored illustrations of Kandinsky's work. The author covers his life from birth to death by hitting the high points of his artistic endeavors. The descriptive vocabulary is as artistic as Kandinsky's paintings.

The author follows Kandinsky's life through his years in Moscow to Munich to his breakthrough in the abstract as a member of Der Blaue Reiters. Then takes you through Kandinsky's work at the Bauhaus, and his experiments in biomorphic abstrac
Sep 30, 2013 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 07, 2010 Wessel van der Merwe rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, biography
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
Sep 11, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
I read this book before going to an art exhibit of Kandinsky's work. It was a great introduction to his art and his philosophies about what art should be. Their were numerous high quality illustrations of his work. I did find it slightly annoying that pictures were not necessarily located on the page where the text mentioned them, often times several pages away, but otherwise, a great introduction.
Jennifer Boyce
Aug 20, 2013 Jennifer Boyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, art
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
Mar 05, 2013 Kael Moffat rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 11, 2014 Rachael rated it liked it
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.
Dec 30, 2013 Margarita rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A good, comprehensive introduction to Kandinsky.
Mar 11, 2016 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm in love
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Oct 13, 2015 Fred Kohn rated it really liked it
Beautiful reproductions that are well worth lingering over, and a good explanation of Kandinsky's life and artistic struggles.
Dec 16, 2012 Marcus rated it really liked it
Beautifully created book for a great price. Text has something for newcomers as well as the regular Kandinsky scholar.
While decently illustrated, the book is a bit out of date given recent exhibitions.
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