Concerning the Spiritual in Art

Concerning the Spiritual in Art

A pioneering work in the movement to free art from its traditional bonds to material reality, this book is one of the most important documents in the history of modern art. Written by the famous nonobjective painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866?1944), it explains Kandinsky's own theory of painting and crystallizes the ideas that were influencing many other modern artists of the A pioneering work in the movement to free art from its traditional bonds to material reality, this book is one of the m...

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Title:Concerning the Spiritual in Art
Author:Wassily Kandinsky
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Genres:Art
ISBN:Über das Geistige in der Kunst
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:80 pages pages

Concerning the Spiritual in Art Reviews

  • Ellis
    Oct 09, 2010
    Picked this short treatise up used for cheap. Kandinsky has a lot of very interesting ideas about the relation of art and music and poetry, with some discussion of social status/interpersonal relationships (just a dash). He is a modernist through and through. The introduction is enough...
  • Ridgely
    Nov 13, 2008
    What saves this book is superlative phrase-turning and humor, intended or otherwise. If you've ever been tempted to bronze your subjective aesthetic and mount it in the museum between philosophy and science, this will be there to remind you how nearly impossible it is to pull off. Kand...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Dec 22, 2016
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  • Michael Franklin
    Feb 02, 2008
    kandinsky's respondeo ut the world of art, in his time, to the past, and for the future of art is widely considered one of the greatest documents on art by an artist. sure, i'll accept that. however, i believe this is more of an assault on the condition of the human spirit than a treat...
  • Ana
    Sep 30, 2008
    I was not aware of the intrinsic relation between form and color. Plus, I found completely stimulating (just by reading) his description of contrasting colors, their antagonisms and synthesis. Apparently while yellow warmly moves, blue is coldly inert, the former expressing a bodily ex...
  • Matt
    Jan 22, 2013
    I hit my artistic peak with my rendering of my uncle?s Conan the Barbarian upper arm tattoo (complete with blood splatter) when I was eight. Truly appreciating art always seemed like the province of finer souls. A secret protected on par with gypsy divination and Shamrock shakes. I g...
  • P. Timothy
    Jun 08, 2009
    I read this in anticipation of possibly leading a class on Spirituality and Art...and as a primer of sorts on the early thoughts about the connection between Spirituality and the Arts, especially connected with Modern art into abstraction. Some of his thoughts are brilliian and prescie...
  • Mel
    Aug 29, 2015
    This was worth reading. Some of the language was a little flowery so I will probably read it again at some point. It makes some interesting points. I wish the art was in color and not black and white since he talks so much about the significance of color especially red. It was a fast r...
  • Michelle
    May 21, 2009
    I'm finally getting around to reading Wassily Kandinsky's Concerning the Spiritual in Art. In it, the artist explains his plans for the ascent of spiritually fulfilling and expressive art that surpasses mere replication of natural form. This is not to say that Kandinsky is in favor of ...
  • Sian
    May 23, 2009
    Craaaaazy shit, but also totally brilliant. Kandinsky had this condition called synesthesia where he could like, feel and hear colors and all his senses were mixed up. While it is a serious medical condition, it makes for some incredible writing. ...
  • Maria
    Feb 14, 2017
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  • C. Vau
    Jan 10, 2010
    Memorable quote: «The artist is not born to a life of pleasure. He must live idle; he has an art to perform, and one which often proves a cross to be borne. He must realize that his every deed, feeling, and thought are raw but sure material from which his work is to arise, that he is ...
  • Cameron
    May 31, 2012
    A powerful, lucid manifesto by Kandinsky, the famous Russian Expressionist, calling for the artist to proceed inward to cultivate the abstract expressions of the inner spirit and away from material representation. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that in addition to his obvious m...
  • David
    Jul 10, 2012
    A professional artist/teacher friend of mine gave me a copy of Kandinsky's book at a recent workshop she was leading. Consider the long period of the 20th Century during which Kandinsky practiced what he preached as a "Spiritual Revolution" in art. Spiritual Revolution was a popular th...
  • Þróndr
    Jan 03, 2017
    While I?m not a fan of Kandinsky?s abstract paintings, I find his theoretical writings all the more interesting, and it is perhaps these that are his major contribution. In the first part of the book he writes about the historical movement of art as a pyramid, where the apex repres...
  • Beka Sukhitashvili
    Feb 28, 2013
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  • Pam
    Mar 28, 2012
    I absolutely LOVE art. I like it a bit challenging not just the normal wildly popular stuff, BUT I just can't read about it. I try, but most of the writing seems overly analytical, not visual or emotional like the subject. I have tried to read this book...I have actually read this book...
  • Apryl Anderson
    Feb 28, 2012
    Kandinsky's 'Movement of the Triangle' was precisely the visual I needed to understand this process of the collective conscience going forward, yet circling eternal revelations. Also, I agree with his discussion of the related arts, and I'm surprised that he didn't mention the 'Musica ...
  • Ben
    Nov 04, 2011
    This is a fantastic book. Kandinsky's ideas on art and its ultimate goal are nothing short of inspirational. No matter what area of art you enjoy, whether it be music, painting or even writing; this book is completely relevant. He is an artist who is completely "in tune" with all asp...
  • Ricardo
    Oct 20, 2013
    No es un mal libro, tiene puntos de vista bastante interesantes y relevantes incluso en nuestros tiempos. Le pongo 3 estrellas porque la edición no me pareció la mejor. Aunque principalmente la utilicé con fines informativos y no creo que la vaya a referenciar. ...
  • Kaye
    Jan 28, 2017
    I appreciate that this is a brilliant book, and thus gave it 4 stars...based on the parts of it I understood. I'll probably go back and read portions from time to time in order to try to understand it more completely. ...
  • Heba TariQ
    Apr 01, 2014
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  • Bill
    Apr 11, 2012
    In some ways I enjoyed the two rather lengthy introductions to the book (not by Kandinsky himself) -- which put his career and ideas in a historical perspective -- more than the book itself. I read the following review from an Amazon reader. I agree with most of it, and he brings out s...
  • Roy Lotz
    Mar 03, 2015
    Theory is the lamp which sheds light on the petrified ideas of yesterday and of the more distant past. The first time I saw a painting by Kandinsky was in the Guggenheim Museum. Back then, I really didn?t have much appreciation for visual art, least of all abstract paintings. Neve...
  • Hesam Bagheri
    Nov 21, 2015
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  • Luís C.
    Aug 20, 2014
    A wonderful essay both plain and in his writing of a philosophical and very strong reflexive reach. What are works of art, if not a genuine internal cry artists? In that sense they also speak to the audience, in many ways; color or form in painting, for example. It is interesting to co...
  • Yana Milenkova
    Feb 07, 2018
    Kandinsky is not only a painter, but also an accomplished and logical writer. He obviously was influenced by German idealistic philosophy, adhered to the position of antipositivism. It?s interesting to observe how problems of religion and occultism were at the center of his attention...
  • Reza Gharibi
    Oct 15, 2015
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  • Flor
    Nov 30, 2015
    Es una belleza la forma en que Kandinsky nos describe dos elementos básicos del arte como lo son el color y la forma. La facilidad que tiene para definir los colores y las emociones que producen en el espectador es algo de no creer. Un libro bastante fácil de leer, y cortito que de...
  • Narjes Dorzade
    Jan 18, 2018
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