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Kandinsky Wassily 1866-1944
A Revolution in Painting
Softcover, 96 pages, Basic Series
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 "Blauer Reiter" in Munich. His art then freed itself more and more from the object, eventually culminating in the "First Abstract Watercolour" of 1910. In his theoretical writings Kandinsky repeatedly sought the proximity of music; and just as in music, where the individual notes constitute the medium whose effect stems from harmony and euphony, Kandinsky was aiming for a pure concord of colour through the interplay of various shades. Gauguin had demanded that everything "must be sacrificed to pure colours". Kandinsky was the first to realise this and thus to influence a whole range of artists.
Hajo Duchting, born in 1949, studied art history, archaeology and philosophy in Munich where he took his doctorate in 1981. After organising several art exhibitions and teaching history of art at the university, he now lives and works as a painter, writer, editor and translator in Munich.
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