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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 play 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 (Composition)" is just such a work that incorporates shapes and colors to evoke the visual aesthetic of a musical score. This work measures 13.4 x 9.6 inches (34 x 24.4 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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Publication: 2006 V. E. Barnett, Kandinsky Drawings, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 1, Individual Drawings. London, Philip Wilson Publishers, no. 529, p. 262
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Biological Degradation / Decay / Deterioration
Overall Yes
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Notes: There is discoloration in the lower left corner.

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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Provenance:
  • Nina Kandinsky, Paris. Galerie Maeght, Paris. Mira Jacob, by 1960, Paris. Present Collection, New York, US.
Exhibition:
1960 Paris, Galerie Le Bateau Lavoir, Dessins des années 20, 3 June-3 July, illus. on the cover
  • Pickup Location: Switzerland
  • Shipping Dimensions: 13.4 x 9.6 in. (34.04 x 24.38 cm.)
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