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Point and Line to Plane

Point and Line to Plane

Contributions by Howard Dearstyne, Wassily Kandinsky, and Hilla Rebay
Published in 1947
206 pages, fully illustrated
Hardcover

First published in 1926 under the title of Punkt und Linie zu Fläche, Vasily Kandinsky's Point and Line to Plane was released in an updated English edition in 1947 for the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, translated by Hilla Rebay and Howard Dearstyne. Following the format and design of the Guggenheim Foundation's edition of Kandinsky's On the Spritual in Art, Point and Line to Plane continued Rebay's mission to make the artist's writings more accessible to an American audience. Rebay also included a preface to the edition, and an appendix of diagrams by the artist illustrates Kandinsky's signature compositional elements.

Excerpt

To unfold the human soul and lead it into receptivity of cosmic power and joy is the tremendous benefit derived from the non-objective masterpiece, so intensely useful and conceived from the primary essence of creation. In loving Kandinsky's paintings, we assimilate ourselves with expressions of beauty with which he links us to a higher world. Kandinsky’s message of non-objectivity is the message of Eternity.

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