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The Museum of Avant-garde

Wassily Kandinsky

Russia (1866—1944)
Born in Moscow and grown up in Odessa, Kandinsky was influenced by colour since his youth. Only at the age of 30 he gave up a successful career as Law and Economics teacher to enroll at the Munich Academy. He was deeply influenced by Monet’s Haystacks, Wagner’s Lohengrin and Madame Blavatsky’s theosophy. With the beginning of the new century Kandinsky started to develop his artistic inclination, discovering and applying colour and shapes. Few human subjects featured in Sunday, Old Russia, Riding Couple and Der Blaue Reiter. Between 1911 and 1914 he formed a new group called Der Blaue Reiter with like-minded artists and publishing the group Almanac, interrupted only at its second issue by the start of WWI. In the Almanac Kandinsky theorised On the Spiritual in Art, which led him to be displayed in the Allied Artists Exhibition at the London Royal Albert Hall. In 1921 he was invited by Gropius to attend the Bauhaus in Weimar. For the following decade Kandinsky taught the base design class and advanced theory.

Small worlds I (Kleine Welten I)

Original lithograph / 24.8 x 21.8 cm / 1922 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Anthologie Dada

Dada 4-5 / Journal / Letterpress with original woodcuts and lithographs / 19 x 28.2 cm / Zürich, 1919

De Driehoek

Maandschrift voor konstruktivistische Kunst / Magazine / 27.5 x 36.5 cm / Antwerp, 1925-1926

Dada 2

Recueil littéraire et artistique / Magazine / Letterpress / 19.5 x 22.9 cm / Zürich, 1917

Small worlds X (Kleine Welten X)

Original drypoint / 23.9 x 19.8 cm / 1922 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Small worlds VI (Kleine Welten VI)

Original woodcut / 27.3 x 23.2 cm / 1922 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Small worlds VIII (Kleine Welten VIII)

Original woodcut / 27.2 x 23.3 cm / 1922 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Small worlds VII (Kleine Welten VII)

Original lithograph / 27 x 23.2 cm / 1922 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Sounds (Klänge)

Illustrated book / 56 original woodcuts / 28.1 x 27.7 cm / Munich, 1913 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Stars

Original lithograph / 26 x 35.5 cm / 1938 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Small worlds III (Kleine Welten III)

Original lithograph / 27.8 x 23 cm / 1922 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Judgement day (Jüngster Tag)

From Klänge / Original woodcut / 31 x 24 cm / 1913 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Stars

Original lithograph / 26 x 35.5 cm / 1938 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Small worlds IV (Kleine Welten IV)

Original lithograph / 26.6 x 25.6 cm / 1922 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Small worlds IX (Kleine Welten IX)

Original drypoint / 23.8 x 19.8 cm / 1922 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Small worlds XI (Kleine Welten XI)

Original drypoint / 23.7 x 19.7 cm / 1922 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar 1919-1923

Exhibition catalogue / Letterpress and lithographs / 25.1 x 25.5 cm / Berlin, 1923 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Bauhaus

Zeitschrift für Gestaltung / Journal / Letterpress / 21 x 29.5 cm / Dessau, 1926-1931 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Carnet de dessins

Sketch-book lithographic reproduction / 39 lithographs after indian ink drawings / 18.4 x 27.9 cm / Paris, 1941 / © Karl Finkler, Paris

Small worlds XII (Kleine Welten XII)

Original drypoint / 23.8 x 19.8 cm / 1922 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Small worlds V (Kleine Welten V)

Original lithograph / 27.3 x 23.3 cm / 1922 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Cabaret Voltaire

Recueil littéraire et artistique / Magazine / Letterpress / 20.9 x 29.6 cm / Zürich, 1916

Small worlds II (Kleine Welten II)

Original lithograph / 25.4 x 21.1 cm / 1922 / © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris