Concerning The Spiritual In Art
  • Concerning The Spiritual In Art
  • Concerning The Spiritual In Art
  • Concerning The Spiritual In Art
  • Concerning The Spiritual In Art
  • Concerning The Spiritual In Art
  • Concerning The Spiritual In Art
  • Concerning The Spiritual In Art
ISBN: 0486234118
EAN13: 9780486234113
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 1, 1977
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 0.4" H x 8.4" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

A pioneering work in the movement to free art from its traditional bonds to material reality, this book is one of the most important documents in the history of modern art. Written by the famous nonobjective painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), it explains Kandinsky's own theory of painting and crystallizes the ideas that were influencing many other modern artists of the period. Along with his own groundbreaking paintings, this book had a tremendous impact on the development of modern art.
Kandinsky's ideas are presented in two parts. The first part, called About General Aesthetic, issues a call for a spiritual revolution in painting that will let artists express their own inner lives in abstract, non-material terms. Just as musicians do not depend upon the material world for their music, so artists should not have to depend upon the material world for their art. In the second part, About Painting, Kandinsky discusses the psychology of colors, the language of form and color, and the responsibilities of the artist. An Introduction by the translator, Michael T. H. Sadler, offers additional explanation of Kandinsky's art and theories, while a new Preface by Richard Stratton discusses Kandinsky's career as a whole and the impact of the book. Making the book even more valuable are nine woodcuts by Kandinsky himself that appear at the chapter headings.
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   Thought provoking
I came to this after reading a Georgia O 'Keeffe biography, where it mentioned that this was one of her major influences. It has been one of the best insights into modern art, its transcendence to spiritual and its relationship to music and the philosophy of the times. I don 't agree with every point, but is definitely on my list of must-reads for art students and art lovers. I am sure that I read it a few times!
 
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   Great writing, terrible quality of print
If you can actually read it due to its poor printing quality, it is great writing by a great artist. But book is spaced very closely, with a pale print and a tiny print. Hard to read, hard to write. It was so a waste. Would like to find this book in a readable copy.
 
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   About the book, itself. Horrible
I was really disappointed ''. First he insults anyone who is religious by calling all closed minded people athiests who are religious and all conservative, and more. But then I thought there would be more about his ideas and research... which was not. I wish I bought it never.
 
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   Too cheap a reproduction - the few photos are quite ghostly and difficult to decipher.
I felt like I was reading the cheapest possible run off on the original faded type, and what I read was sparse. First '' a fan letter to Kandinsky on a distinct trail of adulation. It is written by Kandinsky's writings, short and pertinent. What? Possibly the following topic? The first part of the piece by Kandinsky, relating the importance of relevant art makes it all worthwhile. This was closer to a free program given in theaters than a book. Or even a pamphlet for this matter.
 
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   Good But Dated
In this work, the author provides his philosophical interpretation of art. He also provides a somewhat sketchy overview of the history of art up to his time. It is interesting to read his fancies of future trends in art.
 
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   almost feel like this is a scam
The book is incredibly tiny and references missing parts, cover image is a blown-up low-res photo, like someone took a thumbnail and expanded it to book size, the text itself is bizarrely spaced and too thin. The waste is $7.7 million dollars.
 
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   hard to read and follow
I love Kandinsky, but this writing is hard to follow. The book arrived in perfect condition, but reading is not so perfect.
 
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   A pamphlet more than a book, for the artist or one who appreciates art
There were some great points about color harmony and the emotion of each color, but towards the end, I got a little bored of reading, despite the book being so thinnish so few pages.
 
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