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Wassily Kandinsky Art

Russian, 1866-1944

“Color is a means of exerting a direct influence upon the soul,” wrote the pioneering abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky. The Russian-born painter and theorist dedicated his life to using abstract compositions of form and color to express deep emotion as well as to depict the language of music through visuals.

Kandinsky was part of a crucial moment in art history — the early 20th century — that saw the rise of movements like Cubism. He embraced styles such as Surrealism and Fauvism and was a leading figure in bringing together Der Blaue Reiter (the name means “The Blue Rider” after one of Kandinsky’s paintings) in 1911, a group of avant-garde artists in Munich, including Paul Klee and Franz Marc, who explored spiritual concepts through their art as a response to the materialism of the time. Kandinsky also led courses on analytical drawing and color at the Bauhaus. He was appointed by founder and architect Walter Gropius to teach in Weimar in 1922. He taught at all three of the legendary school’s locations and remained with the institution until its forced closure by the Nazi party in Berlin.

The artist had the rare and unusual trait of synesthesia, the neurological ability to perceive things using multiple senses. In Kandinsky’s case, it was the gift of “seeing” music, and music appeared in every aspect of his work, including the titles of his series “Compositions,” “Improvisations” and “Impressions.” He once described the experience of painting using a musical metaphor: “I had little thought for houses and trees, drawing colored lines and blobs on the canvas with my palette knife, and making them sing just as powerfully as I knew how.”

While Kandinsky isn’t the first abstract artist — mystically inclined painter Hilma af Klint was making nonrepresentational art well before him — he certainly had the biggest impact on establishing the style. His paintings inspired the likes of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and other Abstract Expressionists. From his Untitled (First Abstract Watercolor) painted in 1910 to future works, his unique take on using color and flair for bold, experimental compositions, Kandinsky is one of the most important figures of early-20th-century art.

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Artist: Wassily Kandinsky
"Motif aus Improvisation 25: The Garden of Love" - Original woodcut
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Paris, FR
Vassily KANDINSKY Woodcut print Second edition for 'XXe Siecle' the first edition was done in 1938 Printed signature (monogram) in the plate On vellum 31 x 24 cm (c. 12.5 x 10 inc...
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1950s Abstract Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Woodcut

1990 Wassily Kandinsky 'At Once' Expressionism Multicolor France Lithograph
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 30.25 x 21.75 inches ( 76.835 x 55.245 cm ) Image Size: 24 x 16.25 inches ( 60.96 x 41.275 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Shipping and Handling: We ship World...
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1990s Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Lithograph

2017 Wassily Kandinsky 'Tension in Height (No text)' Expressionism Multicolor Ge
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 37.25 x 26.25 inches ( 94.615 x 66.675 cm ) Image Size: 35.5 x 24.5 inches ( 90.17 x 62.23 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Shipping and Handling: We ship World...
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2010s Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Offset

1994 Wassily Kandinsky 'Grun' Expressionism Multicolor,Gray Offset Lithograph
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 31.5 x 23.5 inches ( 80.01 x 59.69 cm ) Image Size: 27.25 x 19 inches ( 69.215 x 48.26 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Additional Details: Printed in Italy by Nu...
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1990s Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Offset

Holzschnitt für die Ganymed-Mappe (from Der Dritten Ganymed-Mappe)
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed in pencil, from the edition of 100. Woodcut on Japan paper with Advertisers Text watermark. Image size: 5.875 x 7.875 inches. Sheet size: 9.375 x 12.375 inches. Published...
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1920s Abstract Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Woodcut

Plate 12
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Signed in the block with the artist's initials lower left (printed) From: 10 Origin First edition 100, published by Allianz-Verlag, Zurich, 1942 This from the 1975 edition publish...
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1970s Expressionist Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Woodcut

Wassily Kandinsky 'Bauhaus' Expressionism France Lithograph
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 25.25 x 18 inches ( 64.135 x 45.72 cm ) Image Size: 19.5 x 14.75 inches ( 49.53 x 37.465 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A: Mint Shipping and Handling: We ship Worldwi...
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Mid-20th Century Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Lithograph

Montée des Grilles
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in London, GB
While his development was strongly influenced in the 1920s by his Bauhaus colleague Paul Klee, whose watercolors and oil paintings of these years demonstrate similar artistic predile...
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20th Century Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Gouache

Composition From "XXe Siècle" - Original Woodcut print by V. Kandinsky - 1939
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Roma, IT
Composition From "XXe Siècle" is an original artwork realized by Wassily Kandinsky in 1939. Original colored woodcut. Artist's monogram on plate. Published by XXe Siècle, in 1939. ...
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1930s Abstract Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Woodcut

'Improvisation 7' original first ed. woodcut from 'Klänge' by Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Milwaukee, WI
The present woodcut print comes from 'Klänge (Sounds),' a book of original graphics and poetry by Wassily Kandinsky. This first edition was released in an edition of 300, each book s...
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1910s Blue Rider Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Woodcut

Wassily Kandinsky - Composition - Original Etching
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Wassily Kandinsky - Composition - Original Etching 32 x 24 cm 1966 From the art review XXe siècle, San Lazzaro Unsigned and unumbered as issued
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1960s Abstract Geometric Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Etching

Holzschnitt für die Ganymed-Mappe
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in New York, NY
Holzschhnitt für die Ganymed-Mappe 1924 Signed in pencil, l.r. Woodcut on roughly grained thin Japan paper with original folio and colophon (Edition of 100) 9.5 x 12.375 inches (...
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1920s Contemporary Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Woodcut

Jusqu'a L'Abstraction' color lithograph poster Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Jusqu'a L'Abstraction" is a lithograph poster by Wassily Kandinsky. This poster depicts abstract forms in purple, pink, blue, and black and was created for the Maeght gallery in Par...
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1940s Modern Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Lithograph

Klänge
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Wilton, CT
Klänge (Sounds) is one of the first examples of an artist’s book and contains both poems and woodcuts by Kandinksy. Of the 25 hors-texte illustrations, 12 are in color and 13 are in...
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1910s Post-Impressionist Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Lithograph

Etching 1916 Number II
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in New York, NY
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Etching 1916 Number II, drypoint, signed in pencil lower right, titled, numbered (No. 9) and dated lower left [also with initials and date in the plate...
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1910s Abstract Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Drypoint

Zweite Radierung für die Editions "Cahiers d'Art"
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in New York, NY
A very good, well-inked impression of this etching on smooth cream wove paper. Edition of approximately 100. Signed in pencil by Kandinsky. Published by Editions Cahiers d'Art, Paris...
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1930s Abstract Geometric Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Etching

Composition 2 pour Cahiers d'Art
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Roma, IT
B/W etching and drypoint on ivory colored cardboard. The single edition of 100 prints. Signed in pencil on lower right margin. Monogrammed and dated on plate. Beautiful impression, i...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Drypoint, Etching

Etching for Stephen Spender “Fraternity”
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in New York, NY
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Etching for Stephen Spender “Fraternity”, etching and drypoint, 1939, signed in pencil lower right. Reference: Roethel 202, only state. From the editio...
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1930s Abstract Geometric Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Drypoint, Etching

"Zwei Frauen in Mondlandschaft (Two Women in Moonlight)," by Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Zwei Frauen in Mondlandschaft (Two Women in Moonlight) Ref Roethel #100" is an original color woodcut by Wassily Kandinsky. It is from an edition of 300. The artist put his initials...
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1910s Abstract Expressionist Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Woodcut

1965 Wassily Kandinsky 'Derriere Le Miroir No. 154 Double Page' Abstract Multico
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 15 x 22 inches ( 38.1 x 55.88 cm ) Image Size: 13.75 x 19.5 inches ( 34.925 x 49.53 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additiona...
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1960s Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Offset

'Improvisation 7' second ed. woodcut from 'Klänge' by Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Milwaukee, WI
The present woodcut print comes from the second edition of 'Klänge (Sounds),' a book of original graphics and poetry by Wassily Kandinsky. The title of the album and of this print, '...
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1910s Blue Rider Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Laid Paper, Woodcut

Heliogravure "The Birch Trees" 1909 by Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Berlin, DE
From portfolio "Xylographies", 1909. One of eight heliogravures after woodcuts. Dimensions: 16.85 x 16.85 in ( 42,8 x 42,8 cm ) framed 4.53 x 6.46 in ( 11,5 x 16,4 cm ) image Refere...
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Early 20th Century Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Other Medium

Heliogravure "The Women In The Woods" 1909 by Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Berlin, DE
From portfolio "Xylographies". One of eight heliogravures after woodcuts. Dimensions: 16.85 x 16.85 in ( 42,8 x 42,8 cm ) framed 6.18 x 7.87 in ( 15,7 x 20 cm ) image Reference: Röt...
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Early 20th Century Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Other Medium

Composition 2 pour Cahiers d'Art - Original Etching by V. Kandinsky - 1932
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Roma, IT
B/W etching and drypoint on ivory colored cardboard. The single edition of 100 prints. Signed in pencil on lower right margin. Monogrammed and dated on plate. Beautiful impression, ...
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1930s Abstract Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Drypoint, Etching

Wassily Kandinsky - Horse Knight - Original Etching
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Wassily Kandinsky - Horse Knight - Original Etching 32 x 24 cm 1966 From the art review XXe siècle, San Lazzaro Unsigned and unumbered as issued
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1960s Abstract Geometric Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Etching

Fraternity Fraternité - Portfolio with 9 Etchings by Kandinsky Miro Hayter
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in London, GB
VARIOUS ARTISTS Title: Fraternity Fraternité, 1939 Technique: Complete Set of Nine Original Hand Signed Etchings on Montval Wove Paper with the Accompanying Text and Portfolio P...
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1930s Surrealist Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Etching

Wassily Kandinsky - Composition - Woodcut
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Wassily Kandinsky - Composition - Original Woodcut Condition: excellent 32 x 24 cm 1959 Published by XXe siècle, San Lazzaro Printed signature (monogram) in the plate Unnumbered as i...
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1960s Abstract Geometric Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Woodcut

"Nuits de la Fondation Maeght," Event Poster by Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Nuits de la Fondation Maeght" is a poster with an abstract composition by Wassily Kandinsky. This composition is from his 1922 mural plans for the Juryfreie exhibition in Germany. ...
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1970s Abstract Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Color

Der Blauer Reiter - Study for Composition Nr. 4 abstract Kandinsky lithograph
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Hamburg, DE
"Der Blaue Reiter - Entwurf zur Komposition Nr. 4" from 1914 is a color lithograph of Wassilij Kandinsky which contains hand-coloring and pochoir. Monographed bottom left. Watermark...
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1910s Abstract Expressionist Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Handmade Paper, Lithograph

Lithography No. 1
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original lithograph printed in black ink on wove paper Hand-signed in pencil lower right Kandinsky, also signed with the artist’s monogram (the letter K in an angle) and dated on th...
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1920s Abstract Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Lithograph

Felson,
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in New York, NY
Black and White Woodcut. Published in 1909 in an edition of 100 to be used as a card member for the group of artists "Neu Kunstler-Vereingun Munchen". The impression is co...
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1910s Blue Rider Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Woodcut

Allerheiligen- All Saints Day.
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in New York, NY
KANDINSKY, Wassily. Allerheiligen- All Saints Day. Original three-color woodcut (red, yellow ochre, blue – with olive green). 1911. Signed with the monogram in the block. Ref: Roethe...
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1910s Blue Rider Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Woodcut

1969 Wassily Kandinsky 'Reciprocal Accords' Expressionism Multicolor Offset Lith
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 15 x 22 inches ( 38.1 x 55.88 cm ) Image Size: 15 x 22 inches ( 38.1 x 55.88 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additional Detai...
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1960s Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Offset

Second Etching for Editions Cahiers d’Art
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original etching with drypoint printed in black ink on wove paper Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Kandinsky, also signed and dated in the plate with the artist’s mon...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Etching

Etching for Stephen Spender "Fraternity"
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Kandinsky, also signed in the plate wit the artist’s monogram lower left.  ...
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1930s Abstract Wassily Kandinsky Art

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Etching

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