Small Worlds VII (Kleine Welten VII)
Vasily Kandinsky created this lithograph as he was moving away from figuration and toward using a complex vocabulary of nonobjective forms and colors to express spiritual content. Here, curving arabesque lines and geometric shapes suggest organic or kinetic forces interacting to create a miniature universe, as suggested by the work’s title, Small Worlds.
The work comes from a portfolio Kandinsky published that was meant to highlight the unique qualities of different printmaking processes. Lithography appealed to him because it could produce a potentially limitless number of impressions—something the artist believed made it particularly modern and democratic.
Color lithograph on wove paper
Image: 10 5/8 x 9 3/16 in. (27 x 23.3 cm)
Sheet: 13 15/16 x 11 3/16 in. (35.4 x 28.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed "Kandinsky" in pencil, lower right margin, signed in stone, lower left with monogram
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Gift of Stephen Currier
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Vasily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Small Worlds VII (Kleine Welten VII), 1922. Color lithograph on wove paper, Image: 10 5/8 x 9 3/16 in. (27 x 23.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Stephen Currier, 58.108.11. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 58.108.11_transpc002.jpg)
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