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Woodcut on Japon nacré
France, 1911, posthumous print from 1971
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) – Russian painter, graphic artist and art theorist
With the signature monogram lower right in the block
With the signature monogram as blindstamp lower left
Numbered lower left in pencil ‘14/100’
From the the suite of the book ‘Regards sur le passé, Paris 1971
Catalog raisonné: compare Horst 95, compare Roethel 127
In black and gold wooden frame
Image dimensions: 15 x 18,5 cm
Very good condition
Also in his woodcuts Wassily Kandinsky was less interested in the examination of the formal possibilities but more to express the ‘Spiritual in Art’; the auction record for an early woodcut in colors is currently set at €102,500

The Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky created this woodcut 1911 for the painting ‘Improvisation 19’. In 1913 it was used as one of 44 black and white woodcuts in the book ‘Klänge’ (Sounds). The present, posthumous copy is from a suite, which was accompanying the book ‘Regards sur le passé’ and that was issued in 1971 with the estate signature by Nina Kandinsky in the imprint by Belfond in Paris. It comprised ten woodcuts from ‘Klänge’ which were given as a separate suite on Japan paper.

The woodcut shows the signature monogram lower right in the block and lower left as blindstamp. Lower left it is numbered in pencil ‘14/100’. The sheet is mounted to a mat at the reverse corners and edges and is in very good condition. The frame is in good condition with signs of wear. The image measures 15 x 18.5 cm, the sheet 37.8 x 28.5 cm. The framed dimensions are 56.5 x 46.5 cm.

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)

Wassily Kandinsky was born 1866 in Moscow, but used to live in Germany and France most of his life. He is considered an artist of the Expressionism and Abstract Painting who studied at the Munich Academy under Franz von Stuck. With his later partner Gabriele Münter he took several journeys, eventually meeting the artists Marianne von Werefkin and Alexej von Jawlensky in Murnau. This acquaintance led to the foundation of the ‘Neue Künstlervereinigung München’. A little later in 1911 Kandinsky was also part of the establishment of the so called ‘Blauer Reiter’ that resulted from the ‘Künstlervereinigung München’ and unfortunately split again in 1914. (fea)

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Wassily Kandinsky, Woodcut for ‘Improvisation 19’, 1911

Auction ended on Fri, Apr 24, 2015
Estimate €1,280 - €1,600
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