Wassily Kandinsky, Derrière le Miroir - Bauhaus Dessau No. 154, A 1965
Artist: Wassily Kandinsky
Title: original lithograph from Derrière le Miroir - Bauhaus Dessau, No. 154
Sheet size: 38 × 28 cm
Series: Derrière le Miroir - Bauhaus Dessau, No. 154
Signature: Stone signed
Medium Type: Lithograph
Certificate of authenticity: Not included
Publisher: Maeght Éditeur, 1965
Image rights: © Muetos Gallery
Condition: Very good (A-) , near mint, very light signs of handling
Frame: Not included
Wassily Kandinsky, Russian, 1866–1944
An early champion of abstract painting, Wassily Kandinsky is known for his lyrical style and innovative theories on nonfigurative art. In his 1910 treatise Concerning the Spiritual In Art, Kandinsky made famous his belief that abstract colors and forms can be used to express the “inner life” of the artist. Kandinsky taught this and other lessons at the Bauhaus, the historic Weimar institution that brought together artists including Joseph Albers, Lazlo Maholy-Nagy, and Piet Mondrian, amongst others. Kandinsky had a strong interest in the relationship between art and classical music, this theme apparent in his orchestral Composition VI (1913), where colliding forms and colors move across the canvas. In 1911 Kandinsky played a central role in organizing Der Blaue Reiter, a group of artists named in part after Kandinsky’s favorite color, blue.
About Derrière Le Miroir:
French for “Behind the Mirror,” Derrière Le Miroir was a publication that ran from 1946 to 1982, featuring prints by the era’s most celebrated Modernists at a fraction of their usual cost. Produced by Galerie Maeght in Paris, the publication was dedicated to making art widely accessible at a time when many exiled artists and creative thinkers had just returned to France at the end of World War II. With lithographs by artists including Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly, and Joan Miró, each issue of Derrière Le Miroir was non-editioned and unsigned—creating unprecedented accessibility to works by these artists.