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Item Code: WK-oriental-u
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From the second edition printed under Kandinsky's supervision using the original blocks and issued in Paris for XXe Siecle in 1938 in an edition of 1200; although it is believed that many of these were destroyed during WW II.

The first edition was published in 1913 for ‘Klänge’ (Sounds) described by Kandinsky as a "musical album" where woodcuts, prose poems, and typography merge and complement one another in a symphonic synthesis.
Wassily Kandinsky portraitWassily Kandinsky was born in Russia 1866. He was one of the most important pioneers of abstract art, abandoning a promising university career teaching law to travel to Munich in 1896 to study painting. His pictures combined features of Art Nouveau with his memories of Russian folk art, to which he added a fauve-like intensity of colour.

His move towards abstraction began with his philosophy about the nature of art, influenced by theosophy and mysticism. He did not reject representation, but held that the ‘pure’ artist seeks to express ‘inner’ feelings and ignores the superficial. He was one of the most active figures in the Blaue Reiter group and also took up a teaching post in 1921 in the Bauhaus until it was closed in 1933. He died in 1944.
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