Author(s): Annabel Howard
Intellectual, emotional, restless, dogged, loyal, selfish; Kandinsky was an artist and a man of contradictions. This genre-defying painter didnt pick up a brush until he was thirty years old. He was an academic with a promising career that he threw away to explore the arts. He was a Russian, yet he spent more than half of his life on the road, and died in self-imposed exile in France. As an artist he is credited with history's first abstract painting, but it was his theories that had a profound and lasting impact on the way that people understand and value what art can achieve. Richly illustrated with specially commissioned artworks and 20 of Kandinskys major works, This is Kandinsky forms the perfect introduction to the life of this revolutionary figure in twentieth-century art.
Annabel Howard has a degree in art history from Christ Church, Oxford, and a Masters in Biographical writing from the University of East Anglia. She has taught and lectured in museums throughout the United Kingdom and Italy, and has contributed articles to magazines including Glass, the Spectator, and the White Review. Adam Simpson's work always features a strong emphasis on drawing. He has contributed to major exhibitions in London, New York, Edinburgh, Bologna, and Japan. And his work has been shortlisted for a British Design Award and in 2009 he was included in the Art Directors Club Young Guns awards. Recent projects include artworks for BAFTA, Conran, and a stamp commemorating the London Olympics.