Messer, Thomas M.
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher U.S.A. Abrams,Harry N Inc 2009
Seller ID 024724
B002EDREKK Very good condition. No interior writing or highlighitng. Kandinsky By Messer, Thomas M. Product Details : Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was one of the principal founders of abstract painting, perhaps the most revolutionary development in twentieth-century art. In this book, forty of his major works are reproduced at full-page colorplates. Each has been provided with an accompanying commentary by Thomas M. Messer, Director Emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, which possesses one of the most comprehensive collections of Kandinsky's art in existence. Based on decades of experience with the artist's work, Messer has selected notable paintings from every period of Kandinsky's long and varied career, drawn from major museum collections. The early years of Kandinsky's maturity are represented by such remarkable images as the mythological Riding Couple, in the Lenbachhaus, Munich. From the heroic period of his work the years before World War I, which witnessed his breakthrough into a richly colored, high expressionistic abstraction the plate selection features both Composition IV (The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg) and Composition VII (The State Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow), two huge apocalyptic paintings generally regarded as among the artist's supreme achievements. Also included is the complete group of four decorative panels executed in 1914 for the apartment of the American collector Edwin R. Campbell and now in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The artist's subsequent body of work, done at the Bauhaus in the 1920s and early 1930s in a geometric style, is strongly represented by such masterpieces as Several Circles in the Guggenheim Museum. FromKandinsky's final decade, spent in Paris, come paintings given by his widow to the Musee National d'Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou, among them the valedictory Tempered Elan. Along with his major artistic achievements, Kandinsky's highly original contributions to aesthetic theory are also discussed by Messer, in an extended introductory essay. Kandinsky's critical ideas, developed in the famous Blue Rider Almanac and in his two influential treatises on abstract painting On the Spiritual in Art and Point and Line to Plane here provide the reader with intriguing ways to approach his art. A selection of documentary photographs of Kandinsky and his associates and a number of supplementary artworks reproduced in black-and-white complete the volume. Pub. Date: June 2009 Publisher: Barnes & Noble Format: Hardcover, 128pp ISBN-13: 9781435117495 ISBN: