Wassily Kandinsky MOTIF AUS IMPROVISATION NO. 25

MOTIF AUS IMPROVISATION NO. 25

Wassily Kandinsky
MOTIF AUS IMPROVISATION NO. 25
woodcut
1911

An original Wassily Kandinsky woodcut print.

(Motif from Improvisation No. 25)

1911

Original woodcut printed in black ink on wove paper. 

Signed with the artist’s monogram, the letter “K” in a triangle, in the block lower right. 

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 1,200 published by G. di San Lazarro, Chroniques du Jour, Paris, in the review XXeme Sieclé, Vol. 1, No. 3, Paris, 1938, illustrating the artist’s essay “Mes gravures sur bois” (apart from the edition of 345 published in Klänge). One of 56 woodcuts originally published in 1913 in the album Klänge

Catalog: Roethel 105.

8 9/16 x 8 11/16 inches

Sheet Size: 12 3/8 x 9 9/16 inches

Cut by Kandinsky in 1911 and first issued in Klänge in 1913, this “improvisation” is a characteristic example of the revolutionary importance of the artist’s woodcuts at this date.  They introduced for the first time the concept of an abstract “intellectual” description of form apart from a visual interpretation.
The motif of this woodcut was taken by Kandinsky from his 1912 painting “Improvistion 25 – Garten de Liebe” (Garden of Love).

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