München (R. Piper & Co.), 1914.. (8), 140, (10)pp. 141 illus., including 38 plates hors texte (4 hand-colored in pochoir, including 2 by Marc and Kandinsky); 3 musical scores hors texte. 8 initial letters and vignettes designed by Marc (5) and Hans Arp (3). Tissue guards for the colored plates. 4to. Orig. dec. cloth, printed in orange, blue and black with a design by Kandinsky. Second edition of 1100 copies, following the first edition of 1912 (1260 copies, including deluxe tirages). This second edition has two new prefaces by Kandinsky and Marc, and contains a few changes in the illustrations; Marc, for example, selected a new subject for his color plate. Texts by Kandinsky (Über die Formfrage, Über Bühnenkomposition, Eugen Kahler), Marc (Die Wilden Deutschlands, Geistiger Güter, Zwei Bilder), David Burliuk (Die Wilden Russlands), August Macke (Die Masken), Arnold Schoenberg, (Das Verhältnis zum Text), Mikhail Kuzmin, Roger Allard, Thomas von Hartmann, Erwin von Busse, Leonid Sabanejew, and Nikolai Kulbin (Die freie Musik), An appendix contains three lieder by Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton von Webern; Schoenbergs is reproduced in facsimile from the musical manuscript, on two folding double-sided leaves. Illustrations of works by Kandinsky, Marc, Picasso, Macke, Kirchner, Campendonk, W. and D. Burliuk, Kubin, R. Delaunay, Le Fauconnier, Matisse,Cézanne, Heckel, Gauguin, Nolde, Pechstein, Morgner, Rousseau, Münter, Kokoschka, Arp, van Gogh; and of Oceanic, Mesoamerican, and African sculpture, as well as European folk art, Gothic woodcuts, and other subjects. "In order to explain to the public the difference between the intentions and practice of 19th-century painting and the entirely different expressive means of the new generation of artists, an almanac was produced in May 1912 by Piper-Verlag of Munich.... [Der Blaue Reiter] contained essays written exclusively by artists on subjects related to the fine arts. The carefully produced volume proved in retrospect to be the most significant programmatic writing on art of the 20th century. Kandinsky and Marc set out in individual essays their conceptions of the subject-matter of art and its formal expression. They reproduced works of art of very diverse styles, epochs and cultures, such as medieval book illustrations, religious paintings on glass, child art, and carvings and other objects from non-European cultures, juxtaposed with illustrations of their own works . In this way they reminded the reader that the endeavour to achieve a particular means of expression had always determined artistic form, not only for the artists of the Blaue Reiter. Their principal aim, however, was to explain the new subject-matters and means of expression used by the artists of their own group. On this point Kandinsky wrote: 'None of us seeks to reproduce nature directly . We are seeking to give artistic form to inner nature, i.e. spiritual experience" (Gollek). An exceptionally fine copy, crisp and bright. (Inventory #: B48984-6)
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