Wassily Kandinsky by Max Bill
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Boston/Paris. Institute of Contemporary Art w. Maeght Editeur. 1951. First edition. Hardbound, pictorial lithograph cover w. glassine typographic wrap & box slipcase. Book Condition: Very good, darkened & loose. Jacket Condition: Very good, darkened w. tears on spine & bottom corner. Box Condition: Very good, faded along edges. 178pp. (ill. in colour & b/w).
As a painter and a teacher, and co-founder of the Blaue Reiter, the Russian-born artist Wassily Kandinsky has played a leading role in the unfolding of modern art. Greatly influenced by music --"music is the ultimate teacher," he once averred--Kandinsky painted his first abstract compositions during his Bavarian period (1906-1914), and these riotously musical canvases, with their intense symphonies of color and wildly jostling forms, have influenced successive generations of abstract artists to the present day. The Swiss artist, designer and founder of Concrete art, Max Bill, whose excellent preface opens this perfect introduction to the world of Kandinsky, was a student at the Bauhaus during the artist's tenure there, and was the editor of the first edition of Kandinsky's collected writings. His inclusion in this volume adds a useful historical perspective, while Carola Giedion-Welcker contributes a concise essay on the artist. Text in French, with essays also provided in German, English, and Spanish at the end of the book in blue paper.