Reference: Roethal 198, only state, edition of 50. In very good condition, with wide margins (spot of soiling in margin to left of number lower left, remains of prior glue/hinging margin edges verso), printed in black ink on an ivory cream wove paper.
A fine impression with much burr from the drypoint work.
After the Bauhaus closed, in 1933, Kandinsky moved to Paris where he made only a small number (6) of prints. 24 Essais is a tour de force drypoint, a complex composition invoking an astonishing range and variety of Kandinsky's signature symbols, strokes of force and energy, patterns, directional signs, spiritual references. Relatively large, it might be thought to represent a sort of aesthetic and symbolic culmination of his drypoint printmaking work.
Anatole Jakovsky (1909-1988) was a French art critic who wrote about, and was friendly with, many of the great figures in modernist art. Although an expert on naïve art, he was (quite rightly of course) known to stress that Kandinsky's work was anything but naïve.