The Elements of Art


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Philippe Sers


The richness of Wassily Kandinsky’s life, work and thought make him one of the leading figures of twentieth-century art. He was a founder member of Der Blaue Reiter and his theories influenced many of the major artistic movements of his time, including Dada, the Bauhaus, De Stijl and Russian Constructivism. A friend of such artists as Marcel Duchamp and Paul Klee, he also had fruitful relationships with contemporary musicians including Arnold Schoenberg and Thomas de Hartmann.

This book traces the chronological evolution of Kandinsky’s art, making use of an unprecedented wealth of documents from the artist’s own workshop, including autobiographical writings, correspondence and theoretical essays, to shed new light on his prolific creative imagination.

Kandinsky divided his work into three categories: impressions (observations of the exterior world), improvisations (expressions of inner feeling) and compositions (images on a grander scale that brought inner and outer visions together). His art is also marked by two intersecting axes: the first moving from the figurative to the abstract, the second from the profane to the sacred.

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Weight 2610 g
Dimensions 28.7 x 30.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 15 March 2016
Number of pages 336
Format Hardback
Dimensions 28.7 x 30.2 cm
Weight 2610 g
Philippe Sers is a philosopher, art historian and publisher with a special interest in the work of Wassily Kandinsky. He has written many books and articles, and currently lectures in history and philosophy of art at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris.