Vasily Kandinsky. Small Worlds IV (Kleine Welten IV) from Small Worlds (Kleine Welten). 1922

Vasily Kandinsky Small Worlds IV (Kleine Welten IV) from Small Worlds (Kleine Welten) 1922

  • Not on view

Published in 1922, shortly after Vasily Kandinsky began teaching at the Bauhaus, this portfolio includes four prints each in etching, woodcut, and lithography. As the artist explains in the portfolio's introduction, each technique was chosen for its unique character: etching is characterized by its precision and appropriateness to the study of lines; woodcut is marked by the interplay of foreground and background, and the richness of textures; lithography combines a range of markings and colors to produce an image that most closely approximates a painting. As evident in their titles, each print represents an autonomous microcosm, a reflection of Kandinsky's view of the world as a self-contained cosmic entity consisting of innumerable independent, hermetic units.

Gallery label from 2006
Lithograph from a portfolio of twelve prints, six lithographs (including two transferred from woodcuts), four drypoints, and two woodcuts
composition (irreg.): 10 1/2 x 10 1/16" (26.6 x 25.6 cm); sheet: 13 1/4 x 11 3/8" (33.6 x 28.9 cm)
Propyläen-Verlag, Berlin
Reineck & Klein, Weimar
230 (including deluxe edition of 30 on "japan" paper and regular edition of 200 on "Bütten" paper)
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller
Object number
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Small Worlds (Kleine Welten)
Drawings and Prints