The Blaue Reiter Almanac

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Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Klaus Lankheit
MFA Publications, 1974 - Art - 296 pages
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Founded in 1911 and disbanded at the outbreak of World War I, the Blaue Reiter was the first systematic attempt to combine elements from multiple times and cultures into an avant-garde for the new century. This compendium of essays, images, and music edited by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, the movement's founders, presented the movement's synth"

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Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian painter, and art theorist. He is credited with painting the first modern abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. He enrolled at the University of Moscow and chose to study law and economics. Quite successful in his profession - he was offered a professorship (chair of Roman Law) at the University of Dorpat - he started painting studies (life-drawing, sketching and anatomy) at the age of 30. In 1896, he settled in Munich and studied first in the private school of Anton A be and then at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. He went back to Moscow in 1914, after World War I started. He was unsympathetic to the official theories on art in Moscow and returned to Germany in 1921. There, he taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933. He then moved to France where he lived the rest of his life, and became a French citizen in 1939. He died at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1944. His great-grandson, Anton S. Kandinsky, is also a New York-based artist working in a style called 'Gemism'.

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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