WASSILY KANDINSKY HARTE WEISUNG (HARD INSTRUCTION)

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WASSILY KANDINSKY
HARTE WEISUNG (HARD INSTRUCTION)
Signed with the artist’s monogram and dated 30 (lower left); titled, dated 1930 and numbered N.392 (on the verso)
Watercolor, Spritztechnik and pen and ink on paper laid down on the artist’s mount
Image: 20 ⅛ by 14⅜ in; 51 by 36.5 cm
Mount: 24⅛ by 18⅜ in.; 61 by 46.6 cm
Executed in September 1930.

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Stockholm
Galerie Maeght, Paris
Carl Gemzell, Stockholm (acquired in the 1950s or 1960s and sold by the estate: Christie’s, London, June 24, 2009, lot 126)
Sale: Farsettiarte, Milan, November 28, 2009, lot 784
Private Collection

EXHIBITED
Milan, Galleria del Milione, Kandinsky, 1934, no. 393
London, Gimpel Fils, Kandinsky, 1950, no. 12
Stockholm, Moderna Museet, Carl Gemzells samling, 1996, illustrated in the catalogue

LITERATURE
The artist's handlist, no. 392
Vivian Endicott Barnett, Kandinsky Watercolors, Catalogue Raisonné, 1922-44, vol. II, 1994, no. 985, illustrated p. 285

Kandinsky painted Harte Weisung in 1930 while he was teaching at the Bauhaus in Dessau with artists Paul Klee and Oskar Schlemmer. In 1927, Klee taught Kandinsky how to use Spritztechnik, a spray technology in which an atomizer or blowpipe is used to create tiny droplets of paint. The present work is indicative of Kandinsky’s singular approach to Constructivist aesthetics, which, in its pared-down abstraction of shape and line, distinctly incorporates his personal subjectivity and expressiveness. A compelling example of Kandinsky’s commitment to innovation, Harte Weisung represents a key episode in the artist’s creative development during which he utilized the gradient effect of Spritztechnik to push the boundaries of the hard-edged abstraction characteristic of his earlier Bauhaus years.

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