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By Lisa Florman

This publication examines the paintings and writings of Wassily Kandinsky, who's extensively considered as one of many first artists to provide non-representational work. an important to an knowing of Kandinsky's intentions is On the non secular in Art, the distinguished essay he released in 1911. the place so much students have taken its repeated references to "spirit" as signaling quasi-religious or mystical matters, Florman argues as a substitute that Kandinsky's basic body of reference used to be G.W.F. Hegel's Aesthetics, within which paintings had equally been provided as a car for the constructing self-consciousness of spirit (or Geist, in German). as well as shut readings of Kandinsky's writings, the ebook additionally contains a dialogue of a 1936 essay at the artist's work written through his personal nephew, thinker Alexandre Kojève, the most important Hegel student in France at the moment. It additionally offers targeted analyses of person work via Kandinsky, demonstrating how the advance of his oeuvre demanding situations Hegel's perspectives on smooth artwork, but operates in a lot a similar demeanour as does Hegel's philosophical process. in the course of the paintings of a unmarried, an important artist, Florman provides an intensive new account of why portray grew to become to abstraction within the early years of the 20 th century.

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