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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Wassily Kandinsky
CONCENTRÉ
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 989,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Wassily Kandinsky
CONCENTRÉ
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 989,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Wassily Kandinsky
1866 - 1944
CONCENTRÉ
Signed with the monogram and dated 37 (lower left); inscribed no. 573, dated 1937 and titled on the reverse of the board
Watercolor, gouache and colored ink on black paper laid down on board
49.5 by 64.5 cm
Painted in 1937.
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Provenance

Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris

Mlle Elisabeth Korzeniowska, Paris (acquired from the above on March 15, 1941)

Galerie d'Art Moderne (Marie-Suzanne Feigel), Basel

Private Collection, Milan (acquired in 1958)

By descent from the above in 1977

Exhibited

Turin, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Il Cavaliere Azzurro, 1971, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Hans K. Roethel & Jean K. Benjamin, Kandinsky, Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil-Paintings, Volume Two 1916-1944, Ithaca, 1984, referenced p. 963

Vivian Endicott Barnett, "Kandinskys Werke aus Privatsammlungen," Kandinsky, Kleine Freuden: Aquarelle und Zeichnungen (exhibition catalogue), Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, 1992, illustrated p. 53

Vivian Endicott Barnett, Kandinsky Watercolours, Catalogue raisonné, 1922-1944, Ithaca, no. 1207, illustrated p. 422

Catalogue Note

The works Kandinsky painted while in Paris in the 1930s display the influence of Surrealism aesthetic on his art.  Biomorphic forms populate these compositions, and their palette is typically defined by the sharp contrasts of light and dark seen in the work of Miró, Léger and Picasso during this era.  Not to be overtaken by the influence of the Parisian avant-garde, Kandinsky held fast to his Bauhaus principles, emphasizing balance and the harmony of color and spatial relationships in these compositions.  The present gouache, with its linear precision and calculated spatial construct, is a stunning example of how the artist now melded past training with contemporary aesthetic, creating a style that was truly his own. The present work is related to a glass painting from November 1936 entitled Formes en tension in the collection of the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. 

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