Exhibitions/ Art Object

Kleine Welten XII (Small Worlds XII)

Series/Portfolio:
Kleine Welten
Artist:
Vasily Kandinsky (French (born Russia), Moscow 1866–1944 Neuilly-sur-Seine)
Date:
1922
Medium:
Drypoint
Dimensions:
Plate: 9 5/16 × 7 3/4 in. (23.7 × 19.7 cm) Sheet: 11 13/16 × 10 9/16 in. (30 × 26.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.10.12
Not on view
Kandinsky made the Small Worlds (Kleine Welten) portfolio while teaching at the Bauhaus, the influential German art school founded after World War I. For Kandinsky, abstraction was a spiritual language. In these poetic images, he creates a vibrant interplay of line and form, while capitalizing on the strengths of each printmaking method, in order to evoke different sensations or "worlds." He used three techniques—drypoint, woodcut, and lithography—each of which had distinct, and for Kandinsky, symbolic, properties. Drypoint, which he regarded as "aristocratic," creates sharp, precise lines, while woodcuts produce a richer texture and depth. Contrasting with these traditional techniques is lithography, which the artist viewed as modern and "democratic" because it offered a smooth surface, a rich vocabulary of colors and marks, and the opportunity to create a seemingly endless number of impressions.
Signature: Signed in graphite at lower right: "Kandinsky"
Roethel, 175
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