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THE TRIUMPH OF COLOR: IMPORTANT WORKS FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Wassily Kandinsky
RAPALLO: GRAUER TAG (RAPALLO: GREY DAY)
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THE TRIUMPH OF COLOR: IMPORTANT WORKS FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Wassily Kandinsky
RAPALLO: GRAUER TAG (RAPALLO: GREY DAY)
Estimate
Irrevocable Bids
Lots with this symbol indicate that a party has provided Sotheby’s with an irrevocable bid on the lot that will be executed during the sale at a value that ensures that the lot will sell. The irrevocable bidder, who may bid in excess of the irrevocable bid, will be compensated based on the final hammer price in the event he or she is not the successful bidder or may receive a fixed fee in the event he or she is the successful bidder. If the irrevocable bidder is the successful bidder, the fixed fee (if applicable) for providing the irrevocable bid may be netted against the irrevocable bidder’s obligation to pay the full purchase price for the lot and the purchase price reported for the lot shall be net of such fixed fee. If the irrevocable bid is not secured until after the printing of the auction catalogue, a pre-lot announcement will be made indicating that there is an irrevocable bid on the lot. If the irrevocable bidder is advising anyone with respect to the lot, Sotheby’s requires the irrevocable bidder to disclose his or her financial interest in the lot. If an agent is advising you or bidding on your behalf with respect to a lot identified as being subject to an irrevocable bid, you should request that the agent disclose whether or not he or she has a financial interest in the lot.
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Guaranteed Property. The seller of lots with this symbol has been guaranteed a minimum price from one auction or a series of auctions. If every lot in a catalogue is guaranteed, the Conditions of Sale will so state and this symbol will not be used for each lot.
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LOT SOLD. 471,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Wassily Kandinsky
1866 - 1944
RAPALLO: GRAUER TAG (RAPALLO: GREY DAY)
Signed Kandinsky, indistinctly titled and dated 1905 (on the reverse)
Oil on canvasboard
9 3/8 by 12 7/8 in.
24 by 32.7 cm
Painted in 1905.
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Provenance

Gabriele Münter, Murnau (acquired from the artist)

Fritz & Peter Nathan, Zurich

The Lefevre Gallery, London (acquired in 1963)

Private Collection, England

Sale: Christie’s, New York, May 18, 1983, lot 334

Acquired at the above sale 

Exhibited

Munich, Städtische Galerie, Kandinsky, 1957, no. 38

Nottingham, Nottingham Castle Museum, Sounds of Colour, 1984, no. 17

Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, Wassily Kandinsky: The Color of Abstraction, 1999, n.n., illustrated in color in the catalogue

Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Fondation Maeght, Vassily Kandinsky. Rétrospective, 2001, no. 12, illustrated in color in the catalogue

London, The Courtauld Gallery, 2002-18 (on loan)

Literature

Hans K. Roethel & Jean K. Benjamin, Kandinsky, Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil-Paintings, 1900-1915, vol. I, New York, 1982, no. 144, illustrated p. 156

Judi Freeman, The Fridart Collection: Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Modern Masterworks, London, 1998, illustrated in color p. 110

The Courtauld Institute of Art, ed., The 20th Century at the Courtauld Institute Gallery, London, 2002, illustrated in color p. 53

Catalogue Note

Rapallo: Grauer Tag was painted within the first few days of Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter's residence in Rapallo, a seaside town just down the coast from the Ligurian capital of Genoa. Upon their arrival Kandinsky and Münter took an apartment at 24 Via Montebello with a view of the sixteenth-century Castello di Rapallo and the boat-studded harbor. Here they would remain for over five months. 

During their stay, Kandinsky would paint around eighteen small-format canvases depicting the harbor, fishing boats, the surrounding coastline and the local architecture. This small format lent itself to Kandinsky and Münter's peripatetic lifestyle and the fluid use of pigment, often applied with a palette knife, further added to the sense of painterly spontaneity found in the best of Kandinsky's works from this period. 

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