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View full screen - View 1 of Lot 351. WASSILY KANDINSKY | KLEINE WELTEN (ROETHEL 164-75).

Property from a Private Dutch Collection


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July 29, 01:43 PM GMT


150,000 - 200,000 GBP

Lot Details


Property from a Private Dutch Collection


1866 - 1944


The complete portfolio, comprising six lithographs printed in colours, two woodcuts, and four etchings, 1922, each signed in pencil, this copy numbered 74 on the justification (from the total edition of 230), with the title-page, introductory text and justification, published by Propyläen Verlag, Berlin, on wove paper, loose (as issued), contained in the original mounts and embossed paper and leather portfolio

each sheet: approx. 355 by 280mm 14 by 11in

overall: 460 by 355 by 25mm 18⅛ by 14 by 1in

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Kleine Welten was created in 1922 soon after Wassily Kandinsky returned to Germany and joined Paul Klee at the Bauhaus. The impact of Constructivism is apparent in this series, as well as Kandinsky’s central interest in the psychology of colour, which is expressed by geometric forms of an exclusively abstract nature. Frances Carey and Anthony Griffiths summarise the series perfectly: "Stylistically the twelve compositions document Kandinksy’s development during the previous decade, from his abstract Impressionism of 1912-13 to the greater geometric precision of his Bauhaus period, while the three techniques employed illustrated the theoretical discussion in Punkt und Linie zu Fläche, 1926, which attributes specific characteristics, both formal and sociological, to the different media of intaglio, woodcut and lithography." (Frances Carey and Anthony Griffiths, The Print in Germany 1880-1933, The Age of Expressionism, p. 154)