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Small Worlds IX by Wassily Kandinsky

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Edition Size: 200

Image Size: 23.7 x 20 cm

Sheet Size: 30 x 26.7 cm

Reference: Roethel 172


Condition: Pristine

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Technique: Original Hand Signed and Dated Drypoint on Thin Wove Paper

Additional Information: This original drypoint is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Kandinsky” at the lower right margin. It is also monogrammed and dated in the plate “VK 22” at the lower left image. It is the ninth of the twelve plates from Kandinsky’s seminal portfolio of prints “Kleine Welten” [Small Worlds]. This drypoint was printed by Grafische Druckerei des Staatlichen Bauhauses, Weimar in a limited edition of 200 numbered impressions on this paper (there were 30 more on Japan paper). It was published by, Propyläen Verlag, Berlin.

Note: In 1922 Kandinsky accepts an invitation of Walter Gropius and joins the Bauhaus with Paul Klee. He developed the basic design course and taught the mural painting workshop. Kandinsky also worked much and experimented with colour, applying his analytical foundation and the conclusions in his teaching. Painting was not formally part of the curriculum at the Bauhaus. Kandinsky, along with Paul Klee, taught courses aimed at giving their students a better grasp of form, colour and tone. He used techniques that resurfaced in his own work. His earliest work from the time of joining the Bauhaus is the series “Small Worlds'”. In these 12 pictures, executed in colour lithograph, woodcut and drypoint, we can see clearly the influence of the Russian artists.

Literature: 1. Roethel, H. K. (1970). Kandinsky: Das Graphische Werk [The Graphic Works]. New Hampton, NY: Verlag M. DuMont Schauberg.

Reference: Roethel 172

Condition: Good condition. The sheet reduced on all sides. Very pale time-staining in the margins. Minor bumps to the corners. Minor 2 mm paper loss in the upper right corner.


The Artist

Wassily Kandinsky

Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky is credited as having painted one of the first recognised purely abstract pieces of art. He turned to abstract work after an extended period of development and intense thought based on his artistic experiences. He was totally devoted to an idea of inner beauty as a central focus of his art. Kandinsky was born in Moscow and grew up in Odessa, where he studied at Grekov Odessa Art school.

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