Kandinsky (Basic Art Series 2.0)

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Abstract beginnings: A pivotal portfolio within the history of art

Over the course of his creative career, Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) remodeled now not handiest his own taste, however the course of art history. From early figurative and landscape painting, he went directly to pioneer a spiritual, emotive, rhythmic use of colour and line and is nowadays credited with creating the first purely abstract work.

As a lot a teacher and theorist as he was once a practicing artist, Kandinsky’s interests in music, theater, poetry, philosophy, ethnology, myth, and the occult, were all very important parts to his painting and engraving. He was once concerned with each the influential Blaue Reiter and Bauhaus groups and left a legacy now not handiest of dazzling visual work, but additionally of highly influential treatises such as Concerning the Religious In Art. Key tenets included the connections between painting, music and mystical enjoy, and the purification of art away from subject material realism and towards an emotional expression, condensed particularly by color.

This book presents key Kandinsky works to introduce his repertoire of vivid colours, bureaucracy, and feelings. Tracing the artist’s radical stylistic construction, it displays how one painter’s progression cleared the path for generations of abstract expression to return.

About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN’s Fundamental Art series options:

  • a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, masking his or her cultural and historical importance
  • a concise biography
  • approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions
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