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Jul 16, 2015
| ISBN 9783791354804
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Jul 16, 2015 | ISBN 9783791354804
Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, two of the most influential figures in the modernist movement, are the subject of this illuminating book that opens a dialogue between their work, friendship, and influence on each other. Klee and Kandinsky were towering figures of the modernist movement and were close, both as friends and artists. For a timethey lived next door to one another, and exchanged their artisticideas on a daily basis. This unique book explores their 30-yearrelationship, from the time of the Blue Rider group around 1912,to the Bauhaus years in Weimar and Dessau until the late 1930s.With the culture of the Weimar Republic as a backdrop, this booktraces the eventful history of an artistic friendship. Kandinsky’sidealism is juxtaposed with Klee’s irony, and we learn that theirrelationship was characterized in equal measure by friendshipand competitiveness, mutual influence and the need to establishdistance. The focus is on the artistic dialogue they enactedthrough their art. They were joined by an aspiration to spiritualizeart and explore its intrinsic laws. At the same time, Kandinsky’scommitment to abstraction contrasted strongly with Klee’sallegiance to natural models.
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