Wassily Kandinsky Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Grohmann, Will. Wassily Kandinsky: Life and Work. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1965, 428 p.

Critical biography that includes a catalog of works, color reproductions, and photographs of the artist.

Lassaigne, Jacques. Kandinsky. Translated by H. S. B. Harrison. Geneva: Editions d'Art Albert Skira, 1964, 131 p.

Richly illustrated biographical and critical study of the artist.

Weiss, Peg. Kandinsky in Munich: The Formative Jugendstil Years. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1979, 268 p.

Chronicles Kandinsky's Munich years and studies how that time affected his work.


Art Journal 43, No. 1 (Spring 1983): 9-66.

Special issue on Kandinsky includes essays on various aspects of his work by Peg Weiss, Kenneth C. Lindsay, Wolfgang Venzmer, Monica Strauss, Edward J. Kimball, Susan Alyson Stein, and Rose-Carol Washton Long.

Kobialka, Michal. "Theatre of Celebration/Disruption: Time and Space/Timespace in Kandinsky's Theatre Experiments." The Theatre Annual XLIV (1989-1990): 71-96.

Analyzes Kandinsky's experimental treatment of time in The Yellow Sound.

Long, Rose-Carol Washton. Kandinsky: The Development of an Abstract Style. Oxford:Clarendon Press, 1980, 200 p.

Chronicles Kandinsky's espousal of abstraction and ensuing struggle to reach a wide audience through his art.

Overy, Paul. Kandinsky: The Language of the Eye. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1969, 192 p.

Examines color, form, and symbolism in Kandinsky's later abstract paintings.

Roskill, Mark. Klee, Kandinsky, and the Thought of Their Time: A Critical Perspective. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992, 279 p.

Considers the careers of Klee and Kandinsky, their interaction, and how it affected modern art.

Weiss, Peg. "Kandinsky and the Symbolist Heritage." Art Journal 45, No. 2 (Summer 1985): 137-45.

Suggests an association between the "Blue Rider"—the symbol Kandinsky chose to represent the artistic coterie and periodical he founded in Munich—and St. George, a prominent character in Russian folklore.

——. Kandinsky and Old Russia: The Artist as Ethnographer and Shaman. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1995, 291 p.

Considers "Kandinsky's ethnographic experience as a fundamental key to his life's work."

The following sources published by Gale contain additional coverage of Kandinsky's life and career: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 118, 155.