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Nonfiction Review: Kandinsky by François Le Targat

Title: Kandinsky

Author: François Le Targat
Year published: 1986
Category: Adult nonfiction
Pages: 128 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2023 Google Reading map): Russia, Germany, France

SummaryJake Hayes is missing. This much is certain. At first, his wife, Nina, thinks he is blowing off steam at a friend’s house after their heated fight the night before. But then a day goes by. Two days. Five. And Jake is still nowhere to be found.

Lily Scott, Nina’s friend and coworker, thinks she may have been the last to see Jake before he went missing. After Lily confesses everything to her husband, Christian, the two decide that nobody can find out what happened leading up to Jake’s disappearance, especially not Nina. But Nina is out there looking for her husband, and she won’t stop until the truth is discovered.

Review: I have always liked Kandinsky's works and I was recently given this book by a friend who is downsizing. As a junior in college I lived in, what was then, West Germany and had an internship at a modern art museum. I loved spending my days walking amongst the works of art that I had only read about. I seriously considered being a museum curator, but got waylaid after graduation into other areas. I still love spending time in art museums.

I didn't know much about Kandinsky the person and now I feel I have a better sense of who he is even though the majority of this book is his art. His Russian and German background surely influenced his work, with his post-WWI paintings taking on a lighter and more modern style (a la Miró) while his works before the great war are definitely more expressionist.

I didn't realize he was a member of the German Bauhaus group so that's an interesting addition to my knowledge. 

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Nonfiction--arts

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