Concerning the Spiritual in Art

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Publisher's Synopsis

A seminal text in the history of modern art, from one of the most famous artists of the twentieth century

'Art is the language that speaks to the soul'

Why do we make art? In Concerning the Spiritual in Art Wassily Kandinsky, one of the earliest and most famous abstract painters, argued against 'art for art's sake'. Exploring form and colour, spirituality and tradition, Kandinsky instead predicted a future for painting in its potential to redirect the attention of viewers away from the shallow materialism of the modern world toward the more profound intellectual and emotional concerns of their interior lives. His revolutionary work became a landmark in modern art history, helping to usher in the age of non-representational painting. This new translation also includes Kandinsky's later essay, 'The Question of Form', in which he interrogates and sharpens many of his earlier ideas.

A new translation by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp
With an introduction by Lisa Florman

Book information

ISBN: 9780241384800
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 701.17
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 2556
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 148g
Height: 195mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 10mm