Wassily Kandinsky, ‘Kleine Welten I’, 1922, Christie's


Signed in pencil, from the edition of 30 on Japon paper (there was also an edition of 200 on wove paper), published by Propyläen Verlag, Berlin, the full sheet, in very good condition, framed
Sheet: 14 ¼ x 11 in. (362 x 279 mm.)

Roethel 164

Private Collection, Germany
Worthington Gallery, Chicago
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Wassily Kandinsky

An early champion of abstract painting, Wassily Kandinsky is known for his lyrical style and innovative theories on nonfigurative art. In his 1910 treatise Concerning the Spiritual In Art, Kandinsky made famous his belief that abstract colors and forms can be used to express the “inner life” of the artist. Kandinsky taught this and other lessons at the Bauhaus, the historic Weimar institution that brought together artists including Joseph Albers, Lazlo Maholy-Nagy, and Piet Mondrian, amongst others. Kandinsky had a strong interest in the relationship between art and classical music, this theme apparent in his orchestral Composition VI (1913), where colliding forms and colors move across the canvas. In 1911 Kandinsky played a central role in organizing Der Blaue Reiter, a group of artists named in part after Kandinsky’s favorite color, blue.

Russian, 1866-1944, Moscow, Russia, based in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France