Kandinsky’s Quest

A Study in the Artist’s Personal Symbolism, 1866-1907

by Igor Aronov (Author)
Monographs XVIII, 270 Pages
Series: Hermeneutics of Art, Volume 13


This book studies Vasily Kandinsky’s (1866-1944) pre-1908 figurative art that formed the basis for his later abstractions. It analyzes many published and unpublished facts of the artist’s life and work and brings together numerous historical comparative data from painting, literature, the social sciences, ethnography, folklore, esthetics, and philosophy. This study penetrates deeply into Kandinsky’s inner world and breaks new ground by interpreting the artist’s enigmatic early imagery as his personal many-layered symbolism that expresses his complex personality, his internal responses to Russian and Western European life and culture, and his quest for spiritual truths.


XVIII, 270
ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. XVIII, 270 pp.

Biographical notes

Igor Aronov (Author)

The Author: Igor Aronov teaches in the Department of Art History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in the Department of History and Theory of Arts at the Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem. He received his M.A. in art history from the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, Russia, and his Ph.D. in the history of modern art from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published in professional journals on Russian avant-garde art.


Title: Kandinsky’s Quest