24 Essais de Jakovsky


Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1964), 24 Essais de Jakovsky, drypoint, 1934, signed in pencil lower right and numbered lower left (35/50) [also initial and date in the plate lower left]. Reference: Roethal 198, only state, edition of 50. In very good condition, with wide marginsá(spot of soiling in margin to left of number lower left, remains of prior glue/hinging margin edges verso), printed in black ink on an ivory cream wove paper, 9 x 7 7/8, the sheet 12 3/8 x 9 3/4 inches.

A fine impression with much burr from the drypoint work.

After the Bauhaus closed, in 1933, Kandinsky moved to Paris where he made only a small number (6) of prints. 24 Essais is a tour de force drypoint, a complex composition invoking an astonishing range and variety of Kandinsky’s signature symbols, strokes of force and energy, patterns, directional signs, spiritual references. Relatively large, it might be thought to represent a sort of aesthetic and symbolic culmination of his drypoint printmaking work.

Anatole Jakovsky (1909-1988) was a French art critic who wrote about,áand was friendly with,ámany of the great figures in modernist art. Although an expert on na´ve art, he was (quite rightly of course) known to stress thatáKandinsky’s work was anything but na´ve.