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German ExpressionismDer Blaue Reiter and its Legacies$
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Dorothy Price

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526121622

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526121639

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Is Der Blaue Reiter relevant for the twenty-first century? A discussion of anarchism, art and politics

Is Der Blaue Reiter relevant for the twenty-first century? A discussion of anarchism, art and politics

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(p.15) 1 Is Der Blaue Reiter relevant for the twenty-first century? A discussion of anarchism, art and politics
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German Expressionism
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Rose-Carol Washton Long

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526121639.00008

To illuminate Der Blaue Reiter’s relevance for artists of the twenty-first century, this chapter aims to enlarge our understanding of what it means to be ‘political’. By exploring the impact of Russian and German communal anarchists such as Piotr Kropotkin, Vyacheslav Ivanov and Gustav Landauer on the work of Wassily Kandinky – specifically, the tract ‘On the Question of Form’, the drama ‘The Yellow Sound’ and the oil Composition V – displayed in DerBlaue Reiter almanac, this chapter relates Kandinsky’s strategy of using multiple contrasting stimuli of colours and abstracted forms (synthesized from vernacular depictions of folk tales and popular biblical stories such as the Apocalypse) to the anarchist belief in natural law and their hatred of capitalism and materialism. It also points to the anarchist praise of the unconventional (as support for Kandinsky’s interest in Wilhelm Worringer’s discourse on medieval and Gothic art, as well as for his inclusion of contemporary composers in the almanac) as Kandinsky sought to address the problems of spectatorship by transforming the conventional Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk into a powerful, monumental work of artthat would stir and involve his audience.

Keywords:   anarchism, Piotr Kropotkin, Vyacheslav Ivanov, ‘On the Question of Form’, Wilhelm Worringer, spectatorship, Composition V, natural law, contrasting stimuli, vernacular

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