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R. Piper & Co., Munich


Starr Figura, German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, 2011

Major book publishing house founded by Reinhard Piper and Georg Müller in 1904. Was primarily a publisher of contemporary literature and poetry, including Fyodor Dostoyevsky's complete works and many titles by Expressionist writers; also published many volumes on art by leading critics and historians, including Wilhelm Hausenstein, Julius Meier-Graefe, and Wilhelm Worringer. Early on Piper established friendships with many prominent artists and writers of the day, including lifelong ties to Ernst Barlach, Max Beckmann, Vasily Kandinsky, Alfred Kubin, and Franz Marc. Published the major books of the Blaue Reiter group, including Kandinsky's Concerning the Spiritual in Art (published 1911; dated 1912), Marc and Kandinsky's Der Blaue Reiter (1912), and Kandinsky's Sounds (1913), all of which featured original woodcuts by the artists. In 1917, in association with Meier-Graefe, founded the bibliophile society and special imprint Marées-Gesellschaft. As a print publisher, concentrated especially on Beckmann, publishing about eighty of his prints between 1912 and 1927 (some of them within illustrated books and some through Marées-Gesellschaft). In 1923 also began issuing large-format reproductions of famous paintings and pastels. Persisted despite censorship and repression during the Nazi era. Still exists today as a book publisher.

Selected Bibliography

Piper, Ernst, and Bettina Raab. 90 Jahre Piper: Die Geschichte des Verlages von der Gründung bis heute. Munich: Piper & Co., 1994.

Iris Schmeisser

Published by R. Piper & Co., Munich

  • Not on view Vasily Kandinsky. The Archer (Bogenschütze) (plate facing colophon page) from Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). 1912 (print executed 1908-09)
    Vasily Kandinsky
    The Archer (Bogenschütze) (plate facing...
    1912 (print executed 1908-09)
    Vasily Kandinsky. The Archer (Bogenschütze) (plate facing colophon page) from Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). 1912 (print executed 1908-09)
  • Not on view Franz Marc. Fantastic Creature (Fabeltier) (plate preceding page 1) from Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). 1912
    Franz Marc
    Fantastic Creature (Fabeltier) (plate preceding...
    1912
    Franz Marc. Fantastic Creature (Fabeltier) (plate preceding page 1) from Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). 1912
  • Not on view Vasily Kandinsky. Über das Geistige in der Kunst: Insbesondere in der Malerei (Concerning the Spiritual in Art: Especially in Painting). 1911
    Vasily Kandinsky
    Über das Geistige in der Kunst: Insbesondere...
    1911
    Vasily Kandinsky. Über das Geistige in der Kunst: Insbesondere in der Malerei (Concerning the Spiritual in Art: Especially in Painting). 1911
  • Not on view Vasily Kandinsky. Standing and Falling Tower with Rider (Stehender und Stürzender Turm mit Reiter) (cover) from Über das Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual Art). 1911
    Vasily Kandinsky
    Standing and Falling Tower with Rider (Stehender...
    1911
    Vasily Kandinsky. Standing and Falling Tower with Rider (Stehender und Stürzender Turm mit Reiter) (cover) from Über das Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual Art). 1911
  • Not on view Vasily Kandinsky. Vignette next to "Artwork and Artist" ("Kunstwerk und Künstler") (headpiece, page 95) from Über das Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual in Art). 1911
    Vasily Kandinsky
    Vignette next to "Artwork and Artist"...
    1911
    Vasily Kandinsky. Vignette next to "Artwork and Artist" ("Kunstwerk und Künstler") (headpiece, page 95) from Über das Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual in Art). 1911
  • Not on view Vasily Kandinsky. Reclining Female Nude (Liegender weiblicher Akt) (headpiece, page 101) from Über das Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual in Art). 1911
    Vasily Kandinsky
    Reclining Female Nude (Liegender weiblicher Akt)...
    1911
    Vasily Kandinsky. Reclining Female Nude (Liegender weiblicher Akt) (headpiece, page 101) from Über das Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual in Art). 1911
  • Not on view Vasily Kandinsky. Frontispiece (Frontispiz)  from Über das Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual in Art). 1911
    Vasily Kandinsky
    Frontispiece (Frontispiz) from Über...
    1911
    Vasily Kandinsky. Frontispiece (Frontispiz)  from Über das Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual in Art). 1911
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