KANDINSKY, Wassily (1866-1944) and Franz Marc (1880-1916). Der Blaue Reiter. Munich: R. Piper & Co., 1912.
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KANDINSKY, Wassily (1866-1944) and Franz Marc (1880-1916). Der Blaue Reiter. Munich: R. Piper & Co., 1912.

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KANDINSKY, Wassily (1866-1944) and Franz Marc (1880-1916). Der Blaue Reiter. Munich: R. Piper & Co., 1912.

4° (291 x 211mm). Illustrated throughout with woodcuts printed in colours and halftone reproductions, on various papers, vocal scores by Schönberg, Berg and Von Webern. (Occasional tears with small loss to printed tissue guards.) Contemporay half-vellum, original covers bound-in, patterned boards, edges black (light soiling to spine). Provenance: 'WHM' (bookplate).

FIRST EDITION OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INNOVATIVE PUBLICATION IN THE HISTORY OF GERMAN EXPRESSIONIST ART. The first in a planned series of yearbooks, Der Blaue Reiter is an anthology of works by various artists. Kandinsky and Marc had been planning the publication of this book since their break-away from the Munich Neue Künstlervereinigung in June 1911. The result is a heady mixture of explosive articles. Theoretical treatises on artistic form (Über die Formfrage by Kandinsky) and articles on musical anarchy are juxtaposed with illustrations of Benin sculpture and children's drawings. In a pivotal anarchic article entitled Die 'Wilden' Deutschlands Marc discusses the new forces in German art: Die Brücke, Neue Sezession, and Neue Vereinigung. Limited to 1200 copies.
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