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Kandinsky’s Quest

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


Igor Aronov

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 It analyzes many published and unpublished facts of the artist’s life and work and brings together numerous historical comparative data from painting, literature, the social sciences, ethnography,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.