The father of lyrical abstraction: the aspiration to total detachment from reality and perfection based on an inner path of knowledge.
Kandinsky asserted the autonomy of the painting with respect to real appearances, and the symbolic value of signs and colors even when separated from the configuration of objects. The sensation one experiences when looking at a painting is the result of the relationship among formal elements; therefore he uses forms in relationships that are free of any objective references, combining lines and colors. Creator of the first abstract compositions in modern painting, he aimed for total detachment from reality and perfection based on an inner path of knowledge.
This volume contains the Catalogue Raisonné of his oil paintings in the period from 1916 to 1944, the year of his death. In chronological order, it represents a precious reference for scholars and all those interested in the origins of modern art and the career of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.