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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866–1944)
LOT ID: 80979
Ohne Titel, ie. circa 1920

Watercolor, Ink, Pen, on paper.
8 х 11.25 in. (20.32 x 28.58 cm.)
Unsigned, inscribed, on the lower left.
Lot description
Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, December 16, 1866–December 13, 1944) was an early 20th-century Russian painter whose work is most closely characterized by pure Abstraction. With both parents as musicians, Kandinsky himself was led to playing both the piano and the cello from a young age. Several of his paintings have musical titles, including the series Improvisations and Compositions, which highlight the influence this upbringing had on his art. "Ohne Titel" encompasses just such thematic abstractions, with emphasis on the interplay of shapes and colors to express the emotional tenor of a musical score. According to Nina Kandinsky, this work is also a study for the embroidery on a dress designed by Nadezhad Petrovna Lamanova, a famous Russian Avant-garde dress designer. "Ohne Titel" measures 8 x 11.25 inches (20.3 x 28.6 cm) and is in excellent condition.

Not only was Kandinsky a painter, but he was also an influential art theorist. His theoretical philosophies were first published in 1910 in his book Concerning the Spiritual in Art. In 1911, Kandinsky famously established the Blaue Reiter, or Blue Rider, art group whose Gabriele Münter (1877-1962), Franz Marc (1880-1916), August Macke (1887-1914), Paul Klee (1879-1940) are part of. After the start of World War I in 1914, he left Germany and returned to his hometown of Moscow. Kandinsky was also well-known for his later ties to the historical German Bauhaus School. While at the Bauhaus, Kandinsky taught basic design to advanced theory. In 1926, he published the book Point and Line to Plane. After the closing of the Bauhaus by the oppressive Nazi regime, Kandinsky moved to France where he would live until his death. Kandinsky gained French citizenship in 1939. Five years later, he died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, leaving behind an Abstract art legacy.
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Ohne Titel by Wassily Kandinsky
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