A fine impression of the definitive state from the edition of 200 printed on wove paper (there were 30 additional impressions printed on Japan paper for an overall edition of 230). One of twelve plates (four lithographs, four woodcuts, four drypoints) from the portfolio Kleine Welten. Published by Propyläen Verlag, Berlin, for the Staatliches Bauhaus, Weimar. Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Kandinsky, also signed in the plate with the artist’s monogram (the letter “K” in an angle) lower left. Catalogue reference: Roethel 172. Literature regarding this artwork: Helmut Friedel Annegret Hoberg, Wassily Kandinsky, Prestel, Munich/London/NewYork, 2008, p. 309 (ill.).
The graphic images created by Wassily Kandinsky during his Bauhaus period of the 1920's are some of the most important of his career. In this period the language of his pictures is totally non-representational. Derived from his concepts of the abstract creative role of color and shape in the Blaue Reiter period (c. 1911) and influenced by the Constructivist use of geometric form with which he became closely involved when in Russia from 1914 through 1920, the imagery of the 1920's uses shape, and frequently color, to create an image which is strongly three-dimensional in its concept but which communicates on the level of the subliminal mind. Kandinsky described his paintings of this period as “romantic”, not romantic in the classical nineteenth century sense, but rather in that they were designed to evoke the responses of intuition, the “romance” of the inner mind. His work is essentially spiritual in concept.
Kandinsky was without doubt the most important and influential figure of the Bauhaus in the 1920's, not only as a result of his painting, and his formative role in the whole concept of abstract art, but also because of his ability to express his ideas in words. In 1926 he issued Punkt und Linie zu Fläche (“Point and Line to Plane”) which became one of the seminal texts of the Bauhaus approach to abstraction. His compositions of this period are amongst the great statements of his art in the graphic medium and key works in all of 20th century graphic artwork.
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