Of the two pioneering movements of German Expressionism, Der Blaue Reiter was a spiritual and abstract counterpart to Die Brücke’s distorted figurative style. Quotes from: Preface 1 & 2 of ‘Der Blaue Reiter Almanac’, written in by Kandinsky. The Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) art movement was founded in by the young painters Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, and was active in Europe until .

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Chapter-by-chapter responses to various books relating to art, history, blauw aesthetics. It is improbable that more nonsense has been written about aesthetics than about anything else: Prefaces to the Second Edition. I can understand, though not share, Marc’s rejection of the great centuries of art. But would he also oppose “the serious, methodical development of the sciences”? Was he a Luddite? It might better be called ‘primitivism’.

Der Blaue Reiter

We know that the great mass cannot follow us today; the path is too steep and too far from the beaten track for them. But a few already do want to walk with us.

The fate of this first book taught us this. Now we let the book go forth again unchanged, boaue we ourselves are detached from it and involved in new projects.


We do not know yet when we will get together for the second book. Perhaps only when we are entirely alone again, when the cult of modernity has stopped trying to industrialize the virgin forest of new ideas. Before the second book is completed, many things that fastened onto the movement in those bkaue must be cast off or torn away, even by force.

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We know that everything could be destroyed if the beginnings of a spiritual discipline are not protected from the greed and dishonesty of the masses. It does not appear to me that this new ‘spiritual discipline’ ever got beyond artists calling their work spiritual.

We are struggling al,anac pure ideas, for a world in which pure ideas can be thought and proclaimed without becoming impure. Only then will we or others who are more talented be able to show the other face of the Janus head, which today is still hidden and turns its gaze away from the times.

We rsiter the disciples of early Christianity who found the strength for inner stillness amid the roaring noise of their time. For this stillness we pray and strive every hour.


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Pierre Girieud this piece is similar to the one printed in the Almanac which was destroyed in the war. Gabrielle Munter, “Man at Table”, the man might be Kandinsky. Posted by chris miller at 7: Newer Post Older Post Home. Preface Der Blaue Reiter Almanac: On The Question of Form Der Almwnac Reiter Almanac: Obituary for Eugen Kahle About Me chris miller I live life dangerously by ignoring the advice of Chuang Tzu: If you use what is limited to pursue what has no limit, you will be in danger”.

Badly spoiled by my wife, I spend mornings in sculpture studio, afternoons in record shop, evenings on the internet, weekends at the Palette and Chisel Academy and Art Institute of Chicago, and, the time spent in between, reading world literature.

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