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Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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
Small Worlds IX Kleine Welten X - German Expressionism Russian
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in London, GB
This original drypoint is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Kandinsky” at the lower right margin. It is also monogrammed and dated in the plate “VK 22” at the lower left image. It...
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1920s Expressionist Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Drypoint

"Motif aus Improvisation 25: The Garden of Love" original woodcut
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Henderson, NV
Medium: original woodcut. Catalogue reference Roethel 105. Printed in Paris in 1938 for the art revue XXe Siecle (issue number 3). Image size: 8 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches (217 x 220 mm). Sh...
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1930s Expressionist Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

1961 original poster by Wassily Kandinsky at the Galerie Karl Flinker
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in PARIS, FR
In 1961, the Galerie Karl Flinker became a vibrant hub of artistic exploration as it welcomed visitors to an extraordinary exhibition featuring the visionary works of Wassily Kandins...
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1960s Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Paper, Lithograph

1972 Original poster by Kandinsky Aquarelles et Dessins at the Galerie Berggruen
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in PARIS, FR
The original exhibition poster by Kandinsky, titled "Aquarelles et Dessins," showcased the artist's mastery of watercolors and drawings at the esteemed Galerie Berggruen in 1972. Was...
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1970s Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Paper, Lithograph

"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 Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

Composition (Roethel 201), Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Auburn Hills, MI
Original Limited Edition Woodcut on wove paper. Inscription: Signed in the block, as issued. Edition: 1,200. Excellent condition. Notes: From the volume, XXe Siècle, Paris, N° 5-6, 1...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

Plate 12
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Plate 12 From: 10 Origi, 1942 Signed in the block with the artist's initials lower left (printed) From: 10 Origin Not from the First edition 100, published by Allianz-Verlag, Zurich,...
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1970s Expressionist Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

Zwei Reiter vor Rot (Roethel 95), Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Auburn Hills, MI
Original Limited Edition Woodcut on wove paper. Inscription: Unsigned, as issued. Edition: 1,200. Excellent condition. Notes: From the volume, XXe Siècle, Paris, N° 3, 1938. Publishe...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

Orientalisches (Roethel 106), Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Auburn Hills, MI
Original Limited Edition Woodcut on wove paper. Inscription: Unsigned, as issued. Edition: 1,200. Excellent condition. Notes: From the volume, XXe Siècle, Paris, N° 3, 1938. Publishe...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

Bogenschütze (Roethel 79), Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Auburn Hills, MI
Original Limited Edition Woodcut on wove paper. Inscription: Unsigned, as issued. Edition: 1,200. Excellent condition. Notes: From the volume, XXe Siècle, Paris, N° 3, 1938. Publishe...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

Motiv aus Improvisation 25 (Roethel 105), Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Auburn Hills, MI
Original Limited Edition Woodcut on wove paper. Inscription: Signed in the block, as issued. Edition: 1,200. Excellent condition. Notes: From the volume, XXe Siècle, Paris, N° 3, 193...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

Reiterweg (Roethel 111), Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Auburn Hills, MI
Original Limited Edition Woodcut on wove paper. Inscription: Signed in the block, as issued. Edition: 1,200. Excellent condition. Notes: From the volume, XXe Siècle, Paris, N° 3, 193...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

Schwarzer Fleck (Roethel 145), Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Auburn Hills, MI
Original Limited Edition Woodcut on wove paper. Inscription: Signed in the block, as issued. Edition: 1,200. Excellent condition. Notes: From the volume, XXe Siècle, Paris, N° 3, 193...
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1930s Modern Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

Exhibition Poster for Kandinsky at Galerie Karl Flinker 1977 in Ink on Paper
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Soquel, CA
Exhibition Poster for Kandinsky at Galerie Karl Flinker 1977 in Ink on Paper Poster with a reproduction of "Merry Structure" by Vassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). This posted is for a show at Galerie Karl Flinker a Paris, in 1977. The poster was printed by IMP. IDL Graphique, Paris. Kandinsky's "Merry Structure" contains a variety of abstract geometric shapes, laid out in a harmonious composition. There are hints of architectural, figurative, and landscape-like objects, in a manner that is open to interpretation. Presented in a new white mat with foamcore backing. Mat size: 40"H x 28"W Poster size: 33"H x 21"W At the relatively advanced age of nearly thirty, Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky abandoned a burgeoning career as a teacher of law in Moscow to take up studies as a painter. In 1896 he moved to Munich to study, enrolling in the private art academy established by the Slovenian painter Anton Ažbe, where he joined a number of other Russian artists, including Marianne von Werefkin...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Paper, Ink, Lithograph

"Schwartzer Fleck" original woodcut
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Henderson, NV
Medium: original woodcut. Catalogue reference Roethel 145. Printed in Paris in 1938 for the art revue XXe Siecle (issue number 3). Image size: 7 x 8 1/2 inches (170 x 218 mm). Sheet ...
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1930s Expressionist Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

"Holzschnitt für XXe Siecle" original woodcut
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Henderson, NV
Medium: original color woodcut. Catalogue reference Roethel 201. Printed in 1939 for the art revue XXe Siecle (issue number 5-6) and published in Paris by San Lazzaro. Sheet size: 9 ...
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1930s Futurist Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

"10 Origin" original woodcut
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Henderson, NV
Medium: original woodcut. (Catalogue reference Roethel 203). Printed in 1975 on Arches paper for the "Homage to Kandinsky" special edition of the art revue XXe Siecle. Image size: 8 ...
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1970s Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

"Improvisation 7" original woodcut
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Henderson, NV
Medium: original woodcut. (Catalogue reference Roethel 124). Printed in 1975 on Arches paper for the "Homage to Kandinsky" special edition of the art revue XXe Siecle. Image size: 7 ...
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1970s Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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"Jüngster Tag" original woodcut (Judgement Day)
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Henderson, NV
Medium: original woodcut. (Catalogue reference Roethel 146). Printed in 1975 on Arches paper for the "Homage to Kandinsky" special edition of the art revue XXe Siecle. Size: 12 1/4 x...
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1970s Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

1962 Original Poster by Kandinsky - Der blaue reiter at Maeght gallery
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in PARIS, FR
Beautiful poster for an exhibition in 1962 at the Maeght gallery. The Blue Rider (in German: Der blaue Reiter) is a group of artists of expressionist inspiration, which was formed in Munich. This group organized two exhibitions (in 1911 and 1912) and published an almanac in 1912. Its main actors were Vassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and August Macke...
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1960s Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph, Paper

Berggruen abstract lithographic poster by Wassily Kandinsky, 1972
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in New York, NY
This colorful modern lithographic poster by Wassily Kandinsky was printed in 1972 at the Atelier Mourlot in Paris to promote an exhibition of his watercolors and drawings at the Gale...
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1970s Modern Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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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 Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

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 Prints and Multiples

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Etching

'Improvisation 7' second ed. woodcut from 'Klänge' by Wassily Kandinsky
By Wassily Kandinsky
Located in Milwaukee, WI
'Improvisation 7' second ed. woodcut from 'Klänge' is a woodcut print created by Wassily Kandinsky. 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, 'Improvisation,' demonstrated Kandinsky's interest in music and how abstract musical forms could be translated into images on a two-dimensional surface. This particular composition is difficult to read, but through the abstraction, one can make out various figures and a landscape beyond. Originally carved and printed in 1911, this second edition print was done ca. 1938. It is a woodcut in black ink on woven paper. Signed with encircled 'K' in the block, lower right (from the book, signed in ink, ed. 117/300) Image Size: 7 1/2" x 5 inches Frame Size: 22 1/4" x 18 3/4" Ref. Roethel 124 Artist Bio: The Museum of Modern Art described 'Klänge (Sounds)' as follows: Vasily Kandinsky's self-described "musical album," Klänge (Sounds), consists of thirty-eight prose-poems he wrote between 1909 and 1911 and fifty-six woodcuts he began in 1907. In the woodcuts Kandinsky veiled his subject matter, creating increasingly indecipherable images (though the horse and rider, his symbol for overcoming objective representation, runs through as a leitmotif). This process proved crucial for the development of abstraction in his art. Kandinsky said his choice of media sprang from an "inner necessity" for expression: the woodcuts were not merely illustrative, nor were the poems purely verbal descriptions. Kandinsky sought a synthesis of the arts, in which meaning was created through the interaction of, and space between, text and image, sound and meaning, mark and blank space. The experimental typography shows his interest in the physical aspects of the book. Klänge is one of three major publications by Kandinsky that appeared shortly before World War I, alongside Über die Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual in Art) and the Blaue Reiter almanac...
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1910s Blue Rider Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut, Laid Paper

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 Portfolio size: 24 x 17.5 x 2 cm. / 9.5 x 6.9 x 1 in. Additional information: Each of the works in the portfolio is hand signed in pencil by each artist. The portfolio is hand numbered in pencil “97” on the justification page. This portfolio was printed in the limited edition of 101 by Atelier 17 and Henri Hecht...
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1930s Surrealist Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Etching

'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 signed and numbered by the artist. The title of the album and this particular print, 'Improvisation,' demonstrated Kandinsky's interest in music and how abstract musical forms could be translated into images on a two-dimensional surface. This particular composition is difficult to read, but through the abstraction, one can make out various figures and a landscape beyond. 7.5 x 5 inches, image 22 x 19.5 inches, frame Woodcut in black ink on laid paper (watermark Van Gelder Zonen) Signed with encircled 'K' in the block, lower right Framed to conservation standards using 100 percent acid free archival materials including silk-lined matting with 1/4 inch bevel, museum glass, and a gold-gilded moulding Ref. Roethel 124 The Museum of Modern Art described 'Klänge (Sounds)' as follows: Vasily Kandinsky's self-described "musical album," Klänge (Sounds), consists of thirty-eight prose-poems he wrote between 1909 and 1911 and fifty-six woodcuts he began in 1907. In the woodcuts Kandinsky veiled his subject matter, creating increasingly indecipherable images (though the horse and rider, his symbol for overcoming objective representation, runs through as a leitmotif). This process proved crucial for the development of abstraction in his art. Kandinsky said his choice of media sprang from an "inner necessity" for expression: the woodcuts were not merely illustrative, nor were the poems purely verbal descriptions. Kandinsky sought a synthesis of the arts, in which meaning was created through the interaction of, and space between, text and image, sound and meaning, mark and blank space. The experimental typography shows his interest in the physical aspects of the book. Klänge is one of three major publications by Kandinsky that appeared shortly before World War I, alongside Über die Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual in Art) and the Blaue Reiter almanac...
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1910s Blue Rider Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

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 Prints and Multiples

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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 Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

"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 e...
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1970s Abstract Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Color

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 Refer...
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Early 20th Century Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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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: Rö...
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Early 20th Century Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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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 lower right]. Reference: Roethel 154, only state, edition of 10. In excellent condition (the barest handling fold at sheet edge), printed on a heavy ivory wove paper, the full sheet with full margins, 4 7/8 x 3 1/4, the sheet 17 1/2 x 13 inches, archival mount with window mat. A fine fresh impression of this great rarity, printed in a dark brown ink. Kandinsky created this drypoint (erroneously named Etching 1916) in early 1916 while staying with Gabriel Munter in Stockholm during the winter of 1915-16. This is from the second series of drypoints he made; the first was in the year 1913-14. Provenance: Kornfeld Auction, Bern, June 2007. The tiny size of this edition (10) makes this print a great rarity within the Kandinsky’s printed...
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1910s Abstract Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Drypoint

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 Prints and Multiples

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Drypoint, Etching

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 Prints and Multiples

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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 Prints and Multiples

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Etching

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 complete in ...
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1910s Blue Rider Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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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...
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1910s Blue Rider Wassily Kandinsky Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

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