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Wassily Kandinsky (1866 - 1944)
Wassily Kandinsky

Schwarz und Violett, 1923


Oil on canvas

30 5/8 x 39 ½ inches (77.78 x 100.33 cm)

Signed with monogram and dated ‘23’ lower left

Signed and dated again and numbered ‘1923 No 257’ on reverse


James Edward Hathorn Wood, London (acquired from the artist, 1924)

Philip Granville Modern Paintings, London

Private Collection, Acquired from above 22 June 1956

Christie’s New York, 2013

D. Nahmad, Geneva, Acquired from the above.



Jena, Theater, Kunstverein, Dix, Grosz, Kandinsky, June 1923

Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar and Landesmuseum, Bauhausaustellung, August-September 1923

London, Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., Painters of the Bauhaus, March-April 1962, p. 38, no. 55 (illustrated, p. 39)

Zurich, Galarie Maeght, Kandinsky, April 1972, no. 3 (illustrated)

Kunsthaus Zurich, Sammlungen Hans und Walter Bechtler, August-October 1982, p. 177 (illustrated; illustrated again in color, p. 89)

Kunsthaus Zurich, Kandinsky in Russland und am Bauhaus, 1915-1933, May-June 1984, p. 173, no. 136 (illustrated in color)



The Artist’s Handlist, vol. II, no. 257

W. Grohmann, Wassily Kandinsky, mit einer Zusammenstellung Lebens-und Werk-Daten, Leipzig, 1924 (illustrated)

W. Grohmann, Kandinsky, Paris, 1930, p. 23, no. 29 (illustrated)

W. Grohmann, Wassily Kandinsky: Life and Work, New York, 1958, pp. 186 and 334, no. 257 (illustrated, p. 361, no. 145)

H.K. Roethel and J.K. Benjamin, Kandinsky, Catalogue Raisonne of the Oil-Paintings, 1916-1944, London, 1984, vol. II, p. 650, no. 698 (illustrated)


Vers le haut, 1939

Monogrammed and dated lower left K39
Monogrammed, numbered and dated on the reverse, upper left K No. 662 / 1939 Oil on canvas
455/8 x 35 in. (116 x 89 cm.)


Nina Kandinsky.
Richard Feigen Gallery, New York.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagaoka, Japan Richard Feigen Gallery, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. David Bakalar, Boston.
Stefan T. Edlis, Chicago.
Helly Nahmad Gallery, London.

Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, December 1947 - January 1948, and the Hague, Gemeente Museum, 1948, no.83.
Paris, Galerie René Drouin, "Kandinsky, Epoque Parisienne, 1934-1944", 1949, no.45.
Boston, The Institute of Contemporary Art, "Kandinsky Retrospective", April 1952, also travelled to Cleveland Museum of Art; M. Knoedler and Co., Inc., New York; San Francisco Museum of Art; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, no.24.
Bern, Kunsthalle, 1955, no.90
Saint-Étienne, Musée de Saint-Étienne, Art Abstrait: Les premières générations, 1910-1939, April - May 1957
Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, 1958, no.54
Sant-Paul, Fondation Maeght, L’oeuvre ultime de Cézanne à Dubuffet, 4 July - 4 October 1989, no. 67, p. 156 (illustrated in color)
Saint-Paul, Fondation Maeght, Vassily Kandinsky Rétrospective, 4 July - 10 October 2001, no.107, p.216 (illustrated in color)
New York, Helly Nahmad Gallery, Kandinsky. Sounds of Colors, May 2004, p.66 (illustrated
in color)
Münich, Städtische Galerie Lehnbachhaus, Kandinsky: Absolut Abstrakt, 25 October 2008 –
22 February 2009, no. 89 (illustrated in colour, p. 179)
Paris, Centre Pompidou, Kandinsky, 8 April – 10 August 2009, p. 187 (illustrated in color)
New York, Guggenheim Museum, Kandinsky, 18 September 2009 – 13 January 2010, no. 88, p. 273 (illustrated in color)
Zurich, Kunsthaus, The Nahmad Collection, 21 October 2011 - 15 January 2012, p. 109 (illustrated in colour)

The Artist's Handlist IV, no.662. according to the Handlist this painting was done in June 1939 Max Bill, Wassily Kandinsky, Paris, 1951, no. 662, p. 71 (illustrated)
Will Grohmann, Wassily Kandinsky, Life and Work, London, 1959, p.341, no.662
(illustrated no.479, p.389)
Hans K. Roethel and Jean K. Benjamin, Kandinsky, Catalogue


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