Concerning the Spiritual in Art

Concerning the Spiritual in Art

Wassily Kandinsky / Feb 24, 2020

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 nonobj

  • Title: Concerning the Spiritual in Art
  • Author: Wassily Kandinsky
  • ISBN: 9780486234113
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 theA 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 period Along with his own groundbreaking paintings, this book had a tremendous impact on the development of modern art.Kandinsky s ideas are presented in two parts The first part, called About General Aesthetic, issues a call for a spiritual revolution in painting that will let artists express their own inner lives in abstract, non material terms Just as musicians do not depend upon the material world for their music, so artists should not have to depend upon the material world for their art In the second part, About Painting, Kandinsky discusses the psychology of colors, the language of form and color, and the responsibilities of the artist An Introduction by the translator, Michael T H Sadler, offers additional explanation of Kandinsky s art and theories, while a new Preface by Richard Stratton discusses Kandinsky s career as a whole and the impact of the book Making the book even valuable are nine woodcuts by Kandinsky himself that appear at the chapter headings.This English translation of ber das Geistige in der Kunst was a significant contribution to the understanding of nonobjectivism in art It continues to be a stimulating and necessary reading experience for every artist, art student, and art patron concerned with the direction of 20th century painting.

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        Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was a Russian painter, and Art theorist He is credited with painting the first modern abstract works.Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa He enrolled at the University of Moscow and chose to study law and economics Quite successful in his profession he was offered a professorship chair of Roman Law at the University of Dorpat he started painting studies life drawing, sketching and anatomy at the age of 30.In 1896 he settled in Munich and studied first in the private school of Anton A be and then at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich He went back to Moscow in 1914 after World War I started He was unsympathetic to the official theories on art in Moscow and returned to Germany in 1921 There he taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933 He then moved to France where he lived the rest of his life, and became a French citizen in 1939 He died at Neuilly sur Seine in 1944.


    1. Über das Geistige in der Kunst = Concerning the spiritual in art, Wassily Kandinsky تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و دوم ماه دسامبر سال 1997 میلادیعنوان: معنویت در هنر؛ نویسنده: واسیلی کاندینسکی؛ مترجم: اعظم نورالله خانی؛ تهران، رها، سنگ، 1375؛ در 155 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، اسرار دانش، 1379، شابک: ایکس - 964671952؛ چاپ چهارم 1387؛ شابک: 9 [...]

    2. 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. Kandinsky couldn't do it and neither can you. I mean he sets forth to launch a theory of color analogized to harmonics, but what really comes through is an abiding disdain for yellow, coupled with a love letter to blue [...]

    3. 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 compare these about Kandinsky in his works; personally I found that it brought to light a significant his paintings. Here he tries to restore its credentials to painting and the arts in general, reminding that they m [...]

    4. 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. Nevertheless, I remember being intrigued, and finally fascinated by his work. The way he was able to select forms reminiscent of, but not dependent on, real-life objects delighted my eye. Later, I saw a special exhibition [...]

    5. 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 guess I always thought art was beyond words. Kandinsky, in his brief book, proves otherwise. Incredibly lucid and articulate, Kandinsky leads the reader to move past an intellectual appreciation of art:The spectator [...]

    6. 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 read and interesting so it was worth my time to read this one.

    7. .از زیباترین کتاب ها در مورد هنر .تمام این صفحات سرشار از جذبه در هنری انسانی ست . .ممنونم آقای " واسیلی کاندینسکی "و البته مترجم درست ؛ اعظم نوراله خانی

    8. به طور خلاصه، تاثیر نیاز درونی و توسعه هنر، جلوه بیانی همواره در حال پیشرفت جاودانگی و ذهنیت بر حسب دوره های زمانی و عینیت استچون ذهنیت همواره در حال تبادل بیان عینی امروز با بیان عینی آینده است، هرگونه گسترش بیشتر آزادی در استفاده از فرم بیرونی همانند فضیلی بزرگ مورد استقبال [...]

    9. 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 to get you excited to read it and I just love his description about what art is and ought to be. Dense and could be a better translation, I think. Takes some concentration to understand it all and follow the metap [...]

    10. کاندینسکی یک نقاش و نظریه‌پرداز هنری روس بود. از آن‌جا که او نخستین نقاشی‌های مدرن اِنتزاعی را خلق کرده‌است، یکی از معروفترین و اثرگذارترین هنرمندان سده بیستم به‌شمار می‌آید. (ويكيپديا)كتاب دو بخشه، بخش اول راجع به خود هنر و هنرمند ها صحبت ميكنه، بخش دوم يكم تخصصي وارد هنر [...]

    11. 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 pure abstraction. He faults cubism as too intellectual and spiritually lacking, as opposed to inspired abstractions.I most enjoyed his breakdown of color theory, setting antitheses of white and black (obvi), yellow [...]

    12. возможно, тут стоит сказать book, it's not you, it's me - я очень отвыкла от таких текстов за годы и годы бизнес-литературы и поп-фикшена. наверное. в последний раз я сталкивалась с такой манерой изложения в литературоведении (а значит, в универе). видно, что текст несовременный, и дело да [...]

    13. ძალიან საინტერესო ნაშრომია, შთაბეჭდილებებით სავსე ვარ. "ღია ლურჯი ფლეიტას ჰგავს, მუქი ჩელოს, კიდევ უფრო მუქი კონტრაბასის არაჩვეულებრივ ჟღერას; უფრო ღრმა, საზეიმო ფორმაში ლურჯის ჟღერადობა [...]

    14. 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 theme throughout the century. A Baha'i pamphlet with that title was published in the 1970's. Being an activist artist in that revolution now is as important as ever.

    15. 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 represent the forerunners – those who will be understood and accepted only at at a later time:“The life of the spirit may be fairly represented in diagram as a large acute-angled triangle divided horizontally into un [...]

    16. ان يفيض النور فى الظلام الذى يغرق قلوب البشر , هذه هى مسئولية الفنان و واجبه #شومان

    17. 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 reader. I agree with most of it, and he brings out some of the more important points Kandinsky offers in his book. I especially like this insight from the reviewer: "His spirituality is not an incarnational one, where the Spirit interpenetrates and quickens matter, but a [...]

    18. 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 and reflected on his theory of art.

    19. 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 treatise on the state of art.kandinsky reiterates, many times, his disgust for the broad acceptance of and reverence towards "stagnate art". as an artist himself, he is quite aware of the vast differences between what t [...]

    20. 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 aspects of creativity. His way of explaining, though quite poetic and grandoise at times, is very clear to read and understand. He's not just a great painter, but a captivating writer who really has a way with words. Th [...]

    21. I read this in anticipation of possibly leading a class on Spirituality and Artd 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 prescient; some really are parallel to Dewey, James and the like philosophers, along with Dr. Albert Barnes, and some of it comes off as purely bunkish guessesbut that is the issue with ground-breaking writing and thought, and [...]

    22. 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 experience, the latter spiritual. An the "theory" goes on. I would never thought of green as stationary, yet he made me wonderI won't get into his argument about the artist as king. I will just retain the "language o [...]

    23. 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 deja las cosas claras. Hermoso desde donde se lo vea, y no hace falta tener mucho conocimiento del arte para disfrutarlo. Muy recomendable.

    24. 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 mastery as a painter, Kandinsky was also an accomplished and logical writer."The artist must have something to say, for mastery over form is not his goal but rather the adapting of form to its inner meaning"

    25. 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 free in art but not in life.»

    26. 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 universalis'. As for the color theory, I need to spend some time with that

    27. 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 bookI have actually read this book, but it doesn't seem to sink in I guess I will just keep loving art and trying to read about it.

    28. 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.

    29. I appreciate that this is a brilliant book, and thus gave it 4 stars.d 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.

    30. 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.

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