Concerning the Spiritual in Art

Concerning the Spiritual in Art

Book - 1977
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Pioneering work by the great modernist painter, considered by many to be the father of abstract art and a leader in the movement to free art from traditional bonds. Kandinsky's provocative thoughts on color theory and the nature of art. Analysis of Picasso, Matisse, and earlier masters. 12 illustrations.
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, 1977
ISBN: 9780486234113
Branch Call Number: 701 K15
Characteristics: xxi, 57 p., [7] leaves of plates : ill. ; 22 cm


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Oct 07, 2017

Something -- everything -- was lost in translation. Even without knowing the original Russian text, or the Russian language, I found it fairly obvious that Sadler missed the boat on what Kandinsky tried to capture. Sadler writes in flat, lifeless prose. 9 times out of 10, he uses passive voice rather than active voice, even in sentence structures that clearly cry out for active, so that the overall result feels consistently limp, lifeless, more like a new age self-help book than a view into art philosophy. Sadler's pacing rivals the speed of molasses; maybe K's did, too: but if so, shouldn't a translator, while staying faithful to intent, pick up/elevate/energize the overall frame as necessary?? The prose here has no urgency; it's often inert, and for me, it utterly failed to connect.


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