Intellectual, emotional, restless, dogged, loyal, selfish; Kandinsky was an artist – and a man – of contradictions.
This genre-defying painter didn’t pick up a brush until he was thirty years old. He was an academic with a promising career that he threw away to explore the arts. He was a Russian, yet he spent more than half of his life on the road, and died in self-imposed exile in France. As an artist he is credited with history’s first abstract painting, but it was his theories that had a profound and lasting impact on the way that people understand and value what art can achieve.
Richly illustrated with specially commissioned artworks and 20 of Kandinsky’s major works, This is Kandinsky forms the perfect introduction to the life of this revolutionary figure in twentieth-century art.
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The illustrations by Adam Simpson give this book a fresh look. Details about a life of turmoil in a century of cultural disaster are pictured as contemplation of a tree from underground roots to NEW TRUTH as freedom at the top.
My interest in crimes against humor reaches back to Kandinsky, who died in 1944, because police were opposed to artists in the same century as a cold war in which an army wanted to fight women so they could shoot first an catch the dying quivers. Jane Fonda was famous in the army as an example of Americans who liked the people on the other side more than the rolling thunder of global superpower.