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    Sale 1990

    Prints And Multiples

    29 - 30 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 116

    WASSILY KANDINSKY

    Orange (R. 180)

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    WASSILY KANDINSKY
    Orange (R. 180)
    lithograph in colors, 1923, on wove paper, signed in pencil, presumably a proof apart from the edition of 50, with full margins, the paper slightly toned (common with this paper), unobtrusive pale staining at the upper left sheet edge, pale moisture staining along the lower margin, a few skillfully repaired short tears, otherwise in very good condition
    L. 16 x 15 in. (407 x 382 mm.)
    S. 18 7/8 x 17 3/8 in. (481 x 443 mm.)


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    Throughout his career, Kandinsky developed a complex theory of color, its relationship to form, and how artists use this connection to spontaneously express ideas that cannot be articulated otherwise. He first wrote on this topic in his seminal 1912 text Über das geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual in Art). Kandinsky's ideas matured during his tenure as a professor at the Bauhaus, where he constructed a sophisticated and personal vocabulary of shapes, forms and their related colors to express his ideas, all of which are apparent in his master print Orange. In 1923, the same year that he created this print, Kandinsky published a short essay in the now-famed Bauhaus review (Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar) on his conclusions, which can be summarized in his phrase, 'in reality, color cannot exist without form.'