Review by Choice Review
A monumental and conspicuously scholarly catalog of early "coloured drawings" (Kandinsky lived until 1944), this work sets a standard for the modern printed catalogue raisonn'e. Listed here are 550 works in watercolor for which some documentary evidence exists. Some works mentioned here have been lost entirely and others exist only as damaged photographic reproductions (which are reproduced in this catalog). For the bulk of Kandinsky's output in this medium, fine photographs showing much textural detail are reproduced here in black and white. Several short and informative essays and generous sprinkling of colored reproductions enliven the tome. An extensive list of exhibitions is included, as well as selected bibliography and a title index. The volume is well designed and sturdily produced. Cornell University Press is to be congratulated for its contribution (but one inevitably wonders why English spelling prevails in Ithaca). The work is a "must have" for research libraries, and constitutes a fitting tribute to an important group of drawings which the author explains "represent an early step toward the artist's final goal, namely abstraction" (p. 18). Fine arts majors; graduate students. D. C. Stam; Catholic University of America
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