This original woodcut is signed with the artist’s monogram, the letter “K” in a triangle, in the block lower right. It is a fine impression of the definitive state from the edition of approximately 1000 issued in the review XXeme Sieclé, Vol. 1, No. 3, Paris, 1938, illustrating the artist’s essay “Mes gravures sur bois” (apart from the edition of 345 published in Klänge). Published by G. di San Lazarro, Chroniques du Jour, Paris. One of 56 woodcuts originally published in 1913 in the album Klänge. Catalogue raisonné reference: Roethel 105. Literature regarding this artwork: Hans Conrad Roethel, The Graphic Work of Kandinsky, International Exhibitions Foundation, Washington D.C., 1973, no. 30, p. 37 (ill.). Cut by Kandinsky in 1911 and first issued in Klänge in 1913, this “improvisation” is a characteristic example of the revolutionary importance of the artist’s woodcuts at this date. They introduced for the first time the concept of an abstract “intellectual” description of form apart from a visual interpretation. The motif of this woodcut was taken by Kandinsky from his 1912 painting “Improvistion 25 – Garten de Liebe” (Garden of Love).
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