This introduction presents a summary of Carl Einstein's life. Einstein was born on April 26, 1885, in the provincial town of Neuwied in southwest Germany. He received a humanistic education at two gymnasiums, where he was introduced to ancient mythology. Einstein took classes with Alois Riehl, Georg Simmel, and Heinrich Wölfflin, which opened the world of philosophy and art history to him. Wölfflin's Basic Principles of Art History became both a touchstone and a negative foil for his own formalist art criticism. The rest of this introduction discusses Einstein's career as a writer, citing some of his works such as Negro Sculpture and The Art of the 20th Century; his visit to Paris; and his participation in a number of major battles including World War I and the Spanish Civil War.
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