Wassily Kandinsky "Les Chevaliers", heliograph 1909, signed in the plate bottom left. Image size 15.5x15cm.
Originally published in an edition of 300 in 1907. This print is from the Xylographies edition of 1000 from 1909. Published by Tendances Nouvelles, Paris.
Catalogue Raissoné 59.
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was born in Russia but travelled widely during his life. Kandinsky originally pursued an academic career until the 1890s. At this time he began to take up art and drawing. He moved to Munich in 1896 where he studied at the Academy of Fine Art. He was originally influenced by Impressionism but after 1902 turned to use of colour as a more expressionistic medium and was one of the originators of that movement in Germany which became associated with the name of one of his paintings Der Blau Reiter (1903). A leading art theorist, he is credited as one of the earliest and most important pioneers of abstraction in art. He also worked and taught at the Bauhaus in Germany from 1922-33. After the closure of the Bauhaus he moved to Paris where he was to remain for the rest of his life. His interest and work in expressionism, spiritualism, abstraction and colour theory make him one of the most influential and important artists of the Twentieth Century.
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