Title of Work
Date of Work
Second edition, 1938
Paper: 12" Image: 4 7/8"
Paper: 9 1/2" Image: 7 1/2"
Art & Design Study Collection: James Smith Pierce Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter born in 1866 in Moscow. Kandinsky originally studied law at the University of Moscow and became a prominent faculty member but abandoned his career in 1896 to devote his life to painting. This was after he had viewed Monet's "Haystacks", which changed his views about the properties of color. Kandinsky is best known for founding the artist group called the Blue Rider in 1911, his involvement at Bauhaus and his theories on color. His works can be defined as brightly colored, abstract pieces. In some cases there are indicators of his love for Russia hidden in his paintings as well as his relation of works of music to color. Works by Wassily Kandinsky can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Phillips Collection, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and many other collections internationally.
The first edition for this print was created as part of Kandinsky's "sounds" series. The second edition printing was supervised by Kandinsky and issued in Paris for the magazine XXe Siècle, Paris 1938. Kandinsky had kept the blocks for the print in his studio from 1911.
1200 prints created, many destroyed during the war.
Side slightly trimmed