Wassily Kandinsky, Improvisation 7, 1913


Signed Wassily Kandinsky woodcut, Improvisation 7, 1913

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Artist:Wassily Kandinsky (1866 - 1944)

Title:Improvisation 7, 1913

Medium:Original Woodcut

Image Size:7 3/8 in x 4 7/8 in (19 cm x 12.4 cm)

Sheet Size:12 1/4 in x 9 1/2 in (31.1 cm x 24.1 cm)

Framed Size:21 1/4 in x 18 1/2 in (54 cm x 47 cm)

Edition:From the edition of 1200

Signature:Featuring Wassily Kandinsky's (Moscow, 1866- Paris, 1944) signature monogram stamp "K" in the lower right.

Condition:This work is in excellent condition, a fine dark black impression

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Capturing the viewer’s attention through the use of energetic lines and shapes, this work depicts Kandinsky’s skill in manipulating the plate to form a striking image. The use of varied sizes and shapes of black forms creates a sense of push and pull, actively engaging the eye and leaving the viewer with the impression of being led throughout the picture plane. Imaginative and playful shapes coincide with the familiar, allowing the viewer to use their imagination and invent their own narrative for this work. Boldly designed with dark black lines and lively forms, this work allows the viewer to create his or her own interpretation of the abstract composition.

Created in 1913, this woodcut is from the edition of 1200 from the XXE Siecle publication (the total edition was 1545, 1200 from the XXE Siecle publication, 345 printed in the book Klänge). This work features the monogrammed stamp ‘K’ of the artist, Wassily Kandinsky (Moscow, 1866 – Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1944) in the lower right.

DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:

1) Roethel, H. K. (1970). Kandinsky Das Graphische Werk. Verlag M. DuMont Schauberg: Köln. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 124 on pgs. 248-9.

2) A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

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Museum-grade conservation framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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Not even a child can replicate the childlike wonderment marking all of Wassily Kandinsky's original drawings, paintings and woodblocks. His prints burst with color and line, and his woodcuts demonstrate his prolific skill in the graphic arts.

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Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)

Wassily Kandinsky Biography

Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow in 1866, and studied art in Munich. In 1909, after a trip to Paris during which he was introduced to the works of the Fauve artists Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Andre Dérain and Maurice de Vlaminck, his paintings became more highly colored and loosely organized.

Around 1913 he began working on paintings that came to be considered the first totally abstract works in modern art; for they made no reference to or described objects in the physical world. In 1911, along with Franz Marc and other German expressionists, Kandinsky formed Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) a group of artists who shared a belief that are should be in the service of the spiritual and transcendent rather than a description of the material world.

Kandinsky’s influence on the course of 20th-century art was further increased by his activities as a theorist and teacher. In 1912 he published Concerning the Spiritual in Art, the first theoretical treatise on abstraction, which spread his ideas throughout Europe. He returned to Moscow during the Revolutionary period to teach at the Moscow Academy of Fine Arts, leaving in 1921 to teach at the Bauhaus in Germany. He remained at the Bauhaus until the Nazis closed the school in 1933, this time moving to Paris where he died in 1944.

As one of the first explorers of the principles of nonrepresentational or “pure” abstraction, Kandinsky can be considered an artist who paved the way for all non-representative expressionism painting.

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