Wassily Kandinsky

Maler und Grafiker, 1866-1944

Kandinsky war neben Franz Marc Mitbegründer der Redaktionsgemeinschaft Der Blaue Reiter, die am 18. Dezember 1911 ihre erste Ausstellung in München eröffnete. Der Blaue Reiter ging aus der 1909 gegründeten Neuen Künstlervereinigung München hervor, in der er zeitweise Vorsitzender war. Kandinsky war ein Künstler des Expressionismus und einer der Wegbereiter der abstrakten Kunst. Er wird häufig nach eigenen Angaben als Schöpfer des ersten abstrakten Bildes der Welt genannt, das aber möglicherweise mit der Angabe des Jahres 1910 statt 1913 vordatiert ist.

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Kandinsky, Wassily

painter (1866–1944). Typed postcard signed. Berlin. 8vo. 1 p.
$ 5,274 / 4.500 € (25774)

Letter to André de Ridder in Anvers requesting copies of the issue of "Selection" devoted to his Art: "je n'ai pas encore recu les cahiers. Voulez vous etresi aimable de me faire savoir, quand vous les enverrez - un exemplaire sur Hollande directement à mon adresse et les autres à l'adresse de Knauer. Et enfin les 20 ex. à M. Grohmann?" - André de Ridder was the editor of the Belgian periodical "Selection," which published a special issue on Kandinsky in July 1933 ("Selection Chronique de la Vie Artisque XIV Wassily Kandinsky - Editions Selection Anvers 1933"). Will Grohmann was an important art critic and author of a book on Kandinsky and a contributor to the issue of "Selection."

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Kandinsky, Wassily

Maler (1866–1944). Typed letter signed („Ihr Kandinsky“). [Paris]. ¾ S. 4to. Mit einer Beilage (s. u.).
$ 5,274 / 4.500 € (26102)

To the Danish painter Ejler Bille (1910–2004), regrets to be unable to come and see his correspondent’s new drawings, reports some news from his exhibition, and is pleased that Bille had been asked to write an article on „lines“. – Minor traces of folding, and with some small damage to edges; together with an autogr. lettercard from Bille (Örby near Vejby, December 1, 1973. Oblong 8vo. 1 p.) and some newspaper clippings.

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Kandinsky, Wassily

Russian painter and art theorist (1866–1944). Typed postcard signed („Kandinsky“). Berlin. (Oblong)8vo. 2 pp. With typed address.
$ 7,617 / 6.500 € (44546)

To Andre de Ridder, a Belgian art critic and strong supporter of Expressionism, whose periodical ‚Selection’ published a special Kandinsky issue in July of 1933: „Je m’presse de vous dire que j’ai envoié les epreuves à M. Grohmann. Je vous prie bien de lui faire envoyer le plus tôt possible la correction des textes. Il faudra donc qu’il fasse l’ordre des pages. Vous m’enverrez peut être aussi la correction des textes – je vous serrais reconnaissant. Il faudra couper les rands du cliché ‚Komposition 4’.

Vous le ferrez sur l’épreuve de cette toile (les rands n’appartient pas au tableau!). Ne l’oubliez pas s. v. b.! Ayez la complaisance de faire envyoer un exemplaire du cahier immédiatement après la parition à M. Zervos: il voulait faire une notice sur ce cahier dans le prochain Cahier de sa Revue. Je regrette que les reproductions des grandes toiles (‚Komposition 4’ et ‚Komp. 6’) sont si petites: Komp. 6 a trois métres de longeur! [...]“. – As critic Andre de Ridder prepared the July 1933 Kandinsky issue of his periodical ‚Selection’, the artist remained in Berlin to wrap up business as the Bauhaus closed. Facing constant accusations of teaching ‚un-German, degenerate art’ and fostering Communism, the school could no longer function under the pressure of the Nazi Party. Kandinsky reviewed de Ridder’s pieces from afar and passed them along to his friend and future biographer Will Grohmann. Two decades after their creation, his Compositions continued to spark discussion; his abstract style of painting based on the nonrepresentational properties of color and form, intended to create the same emotional impact that music did, challenged the art world both theoretically and aesthetically. The artist requests that de Ridder send a copy to publisher Christian Zervos, and suggests contacting prominent gallery owners Erhard Weyhe and John Becker, along with Galka Scheyer, the American representative for Die Blaue Vier (a group of Bauhaus artists – Kandinsky, Klee, Jawlensky, and Feininger – who exhibited and lectured together) to secure orders. This letter, with an abundance of important references to modern art figures as well as its discussion of his famous Compositions, holds spectacular content regarding the groundbreaking artist’s life and career..

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Kandinsky, Wassily

Russischer Maler u. Graphiker (1866-1944). Autograph letter signed. o. O. 2 Seiten. 4to.
$ 15,821 / 13.500 € (59852)

To „Alexej Georgiewitsch“ Jawlensky member of the „Blue Four“: „Forgive me for writing to you in such a hurry; We are going to Berlin for two or three days, and I have to finish off a few things before we leave. We - the three Blues here - have decided on the following with regard to Rose: to reduce 20% of the price so that she receives the net price. If subsequently there turns out to be a more or less considerable difference still owing, to point this out to Rose and ask for this difference.

With Klee and myself this difference proved to be slight (less than 100 Marks), and we are giving Rose the pictures without any extra. I have already made arrangements for my painting to go off to him. Klee is busy with it too. In any case it is pleasant to finish with this matter. We also thought of the fact that our prices have risen in the meantime, so that the percentage added on does not make any difference […]“ – Kandinsky was one of Die Blaue Vier (Blue Four), formed in 1923 with Klee, Feininger and von Jawlensky, which lectured and exhibited in the United States in 1924. Due to right-wing hostility, the Bauhaus left Weimar and settled in Dessau in 1925. Following a Nazi smear campaign the Bauhaus left Dessau in 1932 for Berlin, until its dissolution in July 1933. Kandinsky then left Germany, settling in Paris..

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Kandinsky, Wassily

Maler u. Graphiker (1866-1944). 2 autograph letters signed. Weimar. 4to (27,5:22 cm). Je 1 p.
$ 15,821 / 13.500 € (61481)

To the German-born British portrait, travel, and topographic photographer Emil Otto Hoppé in London, notifying that he will send some pictures of his work from time to time (June 19), and sending „1 photograph and 7 prints“ (June 23). - Hoppé ran his own photo studio in London and is considered one of the most important portrait photographers of his time; he also worked as an art editor for magazines such as Artwork, Color and Vogue. - Traces of folding, slightly wrinkled. Framed.

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Kandinsky, Wassily

russischer Maler, Grafiker und Kunsttheoretiker (1866-1944). Eigenh. Brief mit Unterschrift. o. O. 8vo. 1 p.
$ 6,445 / 5.500 € (78340)

An einen namentlich nicht genannten Empfänger „Verehrter und lieber Herr Professor“: „[…] würden Sie die große Liebenswürdigkeit haben, diesen Brief an Ihren werten Sohn weiter zu senden. Wie Sie sehen, ist der Brief von London als unzustellbar zurückgekommen. Ich würde Ihnen sehr dankbar sein! Vielen Dank für Ihre Unterschrift im Protest zu meinen Gunsten und fröhliche Ostern und viele schönen Wünsche […]“

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Kandinsky, Wassily

Russian painter and art theorist (1866-1944). Typed Letter Signed ("Kandinsky"). N. p. 4to. ½ p.
$ 11,133 / 9.500 € (48383/BN30824)

To "Dear Mr. Nicholson", agreeing with him and his colleagues Messrs. Gabo and Martin, promising to send a photograph of his work "Developpement en brun," requesting that the other photos be returned, asking when the first issue of the magazine is expected, expressing interest in an essay entitled "Constructive Point of View," and objecting that the author might too readily associate: "[...] Si vous m'avez pas besoin de mes autres photos, je vous prie bien de me les retourner - je vous serais très reconnaissant. On me demande assez souvent des photos et mon 'dépot' est as[s]ez modeste. Quand pensez vous de faire parraitre le premier numéro de votre revue? [...]". - Folds.

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Kandinsky, Wassily

Maler (1866-1944). 2 typed letters signed ("Kandinsky"). Dessau. Zusammen 4 SS. auf 2 Bll. 4to und 8vo. Mit 2 eh. adr. Kuverts.
$ 11,133 / 9.500 € (47577/BN32238)

To John Schikowski (1867-1934), editor of the Berlin magazine "Vorwärts", about hostility toward abstract art: "Various opponents who remained silent for several years have become courageous again by various processes and are happy about the almost universal reaction that overwhelmed the arts. But mostly they are happy because they can again write about the arts in their ancient, superficial tone [...] The attitude that abstract art has value merely as arts and crafts and can produce only pure ornamentation has become the received point of view.

The latter, for example, was claimed by Carl Einstein in the 'Propylaea Art History' where he discussed my work [...]" (15 May 1926; transl.). In his letter of 13 October, Kandinsky discusses Schikowski's book on modern dance in detail. - At the time John Schikowski was considered one of the best critics of modern art and modern dance..

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Kandinsky, Wassily

Maler (1866-1944). 3 (1 autogr. and 2 typed) letters and 1 autogr. postcard, all signed ("Kandinsky"). Dessau und Neuilly-sur-Seine. 4 SS. auf 3 Bll. (Briefe) und 1 S. auf 1 Bl. (Karte). Gr.-4to und qu.-8vo.
$ 17,579 / 15.000 € (47578/BN32239)

Fine letters to Georg Schmidt (1896-1965), who was operating from 1927 to 1938 as librarian at the Basel Trade Museum and, at that time (1927), organized an exhibition of paintings by August Babberger, Arnold Brügger, Hanns Joerin, Otto Morach, and Wassily Kandinsky. In his early letters, Kandinsky discusses some details of organizing this exhibition.

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Kandinsky, Wassily

Maler (1866-1944). Typed letter signed ("Kandinsky"). Dessau. 1 S. 4to. Mit gestempeltem Briefkopf und dem dazugehörigen Kuvert. Dazu 3 Photographien von Lucia Moholy u. a. (s. u.).
$ 11,133 / 9.500 € (47579/BN32240)

To art historian R. W. P. de Vries in Hilversum, sending four photographs for publication ("3 of which were made for you and the fourth belongs to me, I've had it in stock"; transl. from the German original). - Three of the four mentioned photos (all with the photographer's stamp on their reverse) belong to "Einige Kreise 1926", "Spannung in Rot 1926", and "Akzent im Rosa 1926"; the fourth picture seems to be returned as Kandinsky has asked to do so. - Additional addenda comprises a copy of "Der Sturm" (vol.

III, October 1912, no. 129), in which Kandinsky's long essay "Ueber Kunstverstehen" ("On Understanding Art") was published, 4 newspaper clippings with reviews of his exhibition at the gallery "L'Époque" in Bruxelles, and another contemp. photo of a painting by Kandinsky..

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Kandinsky, Wassily

Russian painter and art theorist (1866-1944). Typed letter signed. In French. Berlin-Südende. 4to. ½ p.
$ 7,617 / 6.500 € (80859/BN52738)

To the Belgian art historian and editor of the periodical "Sélection" André de Ridder (1888-1961), concerning payments and photographs for a forthcoming issue devoted to Kandinsky: "I will send you the 200 Reichsmark as soon as I have received the corrections. Unfortunately, it's impossible for me to buy the negatives!". Kandinsky hints at his dire financial situation due to the forced closure of the Bauhaus by the Nazis since April 1933 which led to its ultimate dissolution on 19 July: "The financial conditions are difficult and my personal income has undergone an unpleasant change - I am forced to save money." He also mentions that his friend, the important art critic Will Grohmann would finish the corrections for the issue within a day: "I have spoken to Mr.

Grohmann and asked him to hurry up with the corrections. In my opinion, it is very important to hurry up with the corrections. As for him, he will make the corrections in only one day." In closing, Kandinsky underlines that a two month delay caused by another publication wasn't his fault so he shouldn't have to bear the consequences and apologizes for the scant response: "Dear M. de Ridder, it's not my fault that the notebooks of M. W. [Edward Wadsworth] had a two month delay! It wouldn't be consequential to make me bear the results of this delay. Please excuse the scantness of my response [...]". - The special issue entitled "Sélection Chronique de la Vie Artisque XIV Wassily Kandinsky - Éditions Sélection Anvers 1933" appeared in July when Kandinsky and his wife were about to move to Paris, fleeing the Nazi regime. - With an adhesive mark on the upper edge, folded, and slightly browned..

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Kandinsky, Wassily

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To Georg Schmidt (1896-1965), who was operating from 1927 to 1938 as librarian at the Basel Trade Museum. Kandinsky is commemorating some impressions of an exhibition which has been organised by Schmidt the month before: "My impression of my lecture in Zurich is that the Swiss do not cope as easily with the subject as the Germans do, but subsequently are dealing longer with the issue and also in a very serious way [...] Maybe it's my personal experience since I do not speak 'propagandistic', avoid 'fanatism' and try to take up the position of a ascientist. I am convinced that the time for manifestos or tremendous gestures has passed, and that we must strive to be as objective as possible, especially we artists [...]" (transl. from the German original). - Together with a carbon copy of Schmidt's letter from January 31, 1928.