treatise on modern art with 10 original woodcuts and text by Vassily Kandinsky; first edition

Uber das Geistige in der Kunst, 1912

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In 1911, Russian-born theorist and pioneer of abstract art Vassily Kandinsky published "Concerning the Spiritual in Art," which ranks among the most significant documents in 20th-century art. Kandinsky writes, “All means [in painting] are sacred when they are dictated by inner necessity. All means are reprehensible when they do not spring from the fountain of inner necessity.” In this treatise, he calls for a spiritual revolution in painting that permits artists to abstractly express their own inner lives through form and color, and to value spirituality over naturalistic or materialistic representations.

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Title
Uber das Geistige in der Kunst
Artist Life
1866–1944
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2000.14
Provenance
[Sims Reed, London]
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treatise on modern art with 10 original woodcuts and text by Vassily Kandinsky; first edition