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ISBN: 1605978299 / ISBN-13: 9781605978291

Concerning the Spiritual in Art

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Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was one of the most influential painters of the twentieth century, and "Concerning the Spiritual in Art" is universally ... Show synopsis

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  • Concerning the Spiritual in Art (Book Jungle) – Trade paperback (2008)
    by Wassily Kandinsky

    Concerning the Spiritual in Art

    Trade paperback, Book Jungle
    2008
    English
    80 pages

    ISBN: 1605978299
    ISBN-13: 9781605978291

    But despite their patent and well-ordered security, despite their infallible principles, there lurks in these higher segments a hidden fear, a nervous trembling, a sense of insecurity. And this is due to their upbringing. They know that the sages, statesmen and artists whom today they revere, were yesterday spurned as swindlers and charlatans.

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Reviews of Concerning the Spiritual in Art

Overall customer rating: 4.000
Michael D

Probably Not a Good Read for the Casual Art Lover

by Michael D on Jan 14, 2011

To me Kandinsky's book is probably of most use and interest to an art historian (which I am). The title might fool you if you're looking for, well, sort of the more familiar poetic ideas about art being moving and transcendent and something close to religion. Not to say those aren't valid takes on art--they obviously are--but the book probably won't satisfy you in that way.. It was directed mainly at other artists and at critics and theorists of art (at the time). It can definitely be a little tedious, like an old textbook or manual. Not exactly bestseller material. The book is very much a product of its time, an extremely idealistic European artworld before and during World War I. Much early modern art was almost intoxicated (kind of touchingly at times) with its own imagined possibilities for evolving the human species.. Kandinsky was a perfect example.

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