The Blaue Reiter almanac

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MFA Publications, 1974 - Art - 296 pages
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The Blaue Reiter(Blue Rider) art movement was founded in 1911 by the young painters Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, and was active in Europe until 1914. Originally published in Munich in 1912 and edited by Kandinsky and Marc-- the movements's almanac presented their synthesis of international culture to the European avant garde at large. In both the selection of essays and its innovative interplay of word and image, The Blaue Reiter Almanacremains one of our most critically important works of literature on the art theory and culture of the twentieth century. This edition, long unavailable in English and indispensable to any student of Modernism, simulates the original German format, and includes documents, and musical notations, as well as seminal essays by Kandinsky, Schoenberg, Marc and others. Nearly 150 illustrations, from ancient and contemporary sources, capture the wide-ranging interests and passions that inspired Kandinsky's and Marc's programmatic attempt to make Modernism accessible across national and chronological boundaries. Also included is Klaus Lankheit's extensive critical introduction, which places the Blaue Reiterin context for contemporary readers."The almanac remains unique among European writings on art; no other country produced a comparable work capturing the excitement and tension of the years before World War I." (Will Grohmann)

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User Review  - Anthony - Goodreads

pleasantly surprised by the amount of interesting music writing in a volume i expected to be more exclusively about painting. very cool essay by arnold schoenberg about the relationship between music ... Read full review

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This is an essential volume for anyone interested in modern art. It has a message and philosophy that still resonates today. Read full review


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Spiritual Treasures by Franz Marc 1

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About the author (1974)

Wassily Kandinsky was born in 1866 and is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century.

Annegret Hoberg is Curator at the Stä dtische Galerie, the Lenbachhaus, Munich. She is responsible for the Blauer Reiter department and for the Kubin Archive.
Isabelle Jansen is writing her Ph.D. thesis on Franz Marc for the Université Paris-Sorbonne and is Curatorial Assistant at the Stä dtische Galerie, the Lenbachhaus, Munich.

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