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By Lisa Florman

ISBN-10: 0804784841

ISBN-13: 9780804784849

This e-book examines the paintings and writings of Wassily Kandinsky, who's extensively considered as one of many first artists to supply non-representational work. the most important to an knowing of Kandinsky's intentions is On the non secular in Art, the prestigious essay he released in 1911. the place such a lot 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, during which paintings had equally been awarded as a motor vehicle for the constructing self-consciousness of spirit (or Geist, in German). as well as shut readings of Kandinsky's writings, the e-book additionally incorporates a dialogue of a 1936 essay at the artist's work written via his personal nephew, thinker Alexandre Kojève, the major Hegel pupil in France at the moment. It additionally offers distinctive analyses of person work by way of Kandinsky, demonstrating how the improvement 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. throughout the paintings of a unmarried, an important artist, Florman offers 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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Already with the romantic era, then, we witness the dissolution, and so the beginning of the end, of art. Not that buildings, sculptures, paintings, musical compositions, and poems wouldn’t continue to be produced. They would, but they would no longer function as the primary vehicle of spirit—which is to say that they would no longer serve as the place where humanity realized its deepest and most meaningful truths. That role was given over first to religion and finally to philosophy, from whose vantage point it could be seen that the history of art belonged not, ultimately, to art itself; instead it constituted only a moment (now passed) within the larger history of spirit.

As yet vague and undeveloped, with no sense of its own autonomy, spirit could express itself only indirectly; works of art could do nothing more than point to their spiritual content through their obdurate material form. This is presumably what Hegel has in mind when he refers to art’s earliest period as symbolic,7 and designates architecture as its predominant and most characteristic form. 8 FIGURE 1. Temple of Amen-Re, Karnak, Egypt, Dynasty XIX, ca. 1290–1224 BCE. © 2013 Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd.

I know it’s been a much longer haul than you originally anticipated. Valuable funding for some of the research and images for the book came from the Ohio State University College of the Arts and Sciences, and the Virginia Hull Research Award, as well as from the OSU History of Art Department. The support of all three was and is much appreciated. Over the decade or so that I’ve been working on this project, numerous family members and friends (in addition to those already mentioned) served as interlocutors or, just as importantly, offered their moral support.

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