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Wassily Kandinsky papers, 1911-1940 (bulk 1921-1937)

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Kandinsky (Wassily) Papers
Series I. Bauhaus teaching materials, Berlin/Dessau, 1925-1933 ca. 260 items
Series I.B. Other lecture material, 1922-1933 ca. 70 items
Other lecture material: 1922-1933

Subseries contains miscellaneous texts by Kandinsky and other authors, course outlines, student attendance lists, and course reading lists. Also included are ca. 40 graphic teaching aids: drawings of geometrical forms in various colors.
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1 23-33 Text materials
1 23 Die Farbwelt and Von der Farbe, undated, 1929
2 leaves; written in Sütterlin script; possibly not in Kandinsky's hand. Text titled "Die Farbwelt" is dated "Jan 29", and includes a diagram of complementary colors.
1 24 "Harmonie in Grau" by Wilhelm Ostwald undated
3 leaves. Offprint from unidentified journal. With several illustrations.
1 25 "Linie und Punkt in der Technik" by K. A. Burberg, 1927
4 leaves. Typescript. Draft with corrections. Dated: "dessau den 15. februar 1927." With a manuscript greeting by the author.
1 26 Course outline: Freie malerische Gestaltung (Malunterricht im Bauhaus) 1927
2 leaves: p. I-IV. Typescript. Descriptions of exercises given to students of the free painting course, taught by Kandinsky during the summer and winter semesters of 1927. Kandinsky describes and comments on work by the students Werner Drewes, Herman Röseler [Rössler], Spiess and Fräulein Hantsch [Gertrud Arndt]; suggests solutions; mentions work by Wilhelm Imkamp and Ida Thal; and refers to the color theory of Wilhelm Ostwald.
1 27 Attendance lists
The leaves are numbered in red pencil.
1 27 Hauptlehre - Kompositionslehre, 1925-1926
1 leaf. Typescript list, dated: "1925/6 Ende Sommer u. Winter."
1 27 IV. Semester - Sommer 1928 Unterricht Kandinsky - Konstruktion-Gestaltung-Komposition (Seminar), 1928-1929
1 leaf; typescript. Attendance lists for the summer 1928 session and for the winter 1928-1929 session.
1 27 Attendance lists, 1928
1 leaf. Signatures of students attending classes 6, 7 8, 9, and 10, held between June 1 and July 6 1928.
1 27 Attendance list, 1928
1 leaf. Signatures of students attending class 1, held Nov 2 1928.
1 27 Attendance lists, 1929
1 leaf. Signatures of students attending classes 6, 7, 8, and 9, held between Jan 18 and Feb 15, 1929.
1 27 Supplement to the attendance list for the free painting course, 1931
1 leaf; typescript; dated: "dessau, den 21.4.31."
1 27 Freie Malklasse, 1932-1933
1 large double-leaf; folded. Manuscript listing of students' names on school's form.
1 28 Bibliographies
1 28 Strukturbegriff in Malerei und Baukunst
1 leaf. Typescript. A list of books on the concept of structure in painting and architecture.
1 28 Kunst
1 item (8 leaves): 4 carbon copies of a two-page typescript list of books on art and architecture.
1 28 Musik
4 leaves: carbon copies of a one-page list of books on music.
1 28 Bücherverzeichnis
1 item (4 leaves): carbon copy of a four-page list of books on art and architecture. Annotated.
1 28 Manuscript list of books on music
1 item: manuscript list of books on music published in the 18th and 19th centuries.
1 28 Manuscript list
3 leaves: manuscript list of books on art and literature.
1 29 Miscellaneous manuscript notes
9 items. The leaves are numbered in a separate sequence: 3, 6-9, 11, 13, 16, and 21b: mainly notes on plane, line, and color. Included is an annotated double leaf colored in pink and silver.
1 30 Kurzes Programm des Unterrichts "Formelemente" (Grundlehre), 1926
1 item (2 leaves): typescript; dated: "Dessau, 27-9-26." Course decription of Kandinsky's Abstrakte Formelemente class; including a section on analytical drawing. With a burn mark.
1 31 Congratulatory letter to Kandinsky by his students, 1931
1 item (10 leaves): in honor of Kandinsky's 65th birthday, a manuscript letter from the students of the free painting course ("freie Malklasse"). Includes a celebratory statement in the hand of Hermann Klumpp, followed by several sheets of students' signatures.
1 32 Im Falle der Ausfuhr von Gemälden, Kupfer- und Stahlstichen, Holzschnitten und Zeichnungen
1 item. An undated typescript note concerning export of art; signed: Statistisches Reichsamt, Abteilung II, Handels- und Verkehrsstatistik.
1 33 Untitled typescript, 1922
1 item (2 leaves); dated: "Berlin, den 4. Mai 1922"; concerning the establishment of a Russian section at the Carl Heymanns Verlag in Berlin. The plan involved Professor Lundberg [Evgenii Germanovich Lundberg?], Professor Lagorio, and Kandinsky.
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2* 1-8 Graphic teachings aids, undated
2* 1 Clippings and geometrical drawings
12 items; most are numbered in red pencil.
2* 1 Clippings,
1 envelope (12.5 x 15.5 cm.), containing 30 paper clippings in various sizes and shapes: rectangles, squares, triangles, circles, and stripes. Manuscript notes in pencil on envelope include: II. Sem. Stunde 9.
2* 1 Three geometical drawings
1 item: unnumbered. Three geometrical drawings in black ink; annotated: "Nach Hering."
2* 1 A circular form
1 item: number 5. A circular shape in black ink.
2* 1 Three colored circles
1 item: number 20. Three circles hand-colored in burgundy or maroon, orange, and olive-green (gouache?). Annotated below each circle with titles "Braunrot, Citron, Olive" and diagrams of color combinations. Manuscript notes relating to color theory on verso, in pencil.
2* 1 Drawings
1 item: number 10. Outline drawings in black ink of the circular shapes of a rotary phone and a barometer; annotated in pencil.
2* 1 Circular shape
1 item: number 12. Drawing of a circular shape in black ink; with extensive manuscript notes in pencil on the graphic element of the line. Beginning words: "Die Kunst steht und schwellt in Linien..."
2* 1 Two geomerical drawings of a circle and a square
1 item: number 14. Two geometrical drawings of a circle and a square contained within each other; in black ink. With notes refering to the values of "positive" and "negative", and references to colors marked as "G" and "B".
2* 1 A grid
1 item: number 4. A square grid in black ink (18 x 18 cm.).
2* 1 Drawings of pendulum clock
1 item: number 30. Two geomerical drawings of a pendulum clock in black ink. Manuscript notes in pencil.
2* 1 Zu Lebensfunktionen
1 item: number 19. Small geometrical drawing in pencil of a pendelum, and notes refering to "Seele" and "Körper" (soul and body).
2* 1 Zu St. 9
1 item: number 15. Manuscript notes and diagrams about color; three sketched compositions in pencil on verso.
2* 1 Rectangular drawing
1 item: number 2. Drawing of a rectangle in black ink (image 14 x 10 cm.); dimensions indicated in pencil.
2* 2 Rectangles and circles
3 groups of rectangles and circles in various colors (gouache?)
2* 2 One circle, two rectangles: yellow, green, and red
3 items: a yellow circle (diam. 19 cm.); a rectangle (green, with stains in red and silver, 10.5 x 25.5 cm.); and a red rectangle (12.3 x 25.8 cm).
2* 2 One circle, two rectangles: black, red, and green
3 items: a black rectangle (10 x 30 cm.); a red circle (diam. 19 cm.); and a rectangle (green, with stains in red and white, 10.2 x 30.3 cm.).
2* 2 One circle, two rectangles: white, black, and green
3 items: a white circle (white, diam. 18.5); a black rectangle (10 x 30.2 cm.); and a green rectangle (10 x 30 cm.).
2* 3 Rectangles and circles
4 groups of rectangles and circles in various colors (gouache?),
2* 3 Two rectangles: black and red
2 items: a black rectangle (10 x 30 cm.); and a red rectangle (12.5 x 25.5).
2* 3 Two red circles
2 items: two circles (both diam. 18.5 cm.), each in a different tone of red.
2* 3 One red rectangle
1 item: a rectangle (red, covered with silver tissue, 24.8 x 20.7 cm.).
2* 3 Two rectangles: black and red
2 items: a black rectangle (10 x 30.2 cm.); and a red/burgundy rectangle (10 x 30 cm.).
2* 4 Rectangles and circles
3 groups of rectangles and circles in various colors (gouache?),
2* 4 Two circles: white and pink
2 items: a white circle (diam. 18.5 cm.); and a pink circle (diam. 18.5 cm.).
2* 4 Two circles: gray and green
2 items: a gray circle (diam. 18.5 cm.); and a light green circle (diam. 18.5 cm.).
2* 4 Two rectangles: red and dark blue
2 items: a rectangle (red, with red and silver stains, 12 x 25.5 cm.); and a dark blue rectangle (10 x 30 cm.).
2* 5 Drawing with title "Knotenpunkte [?] Linien. u. Flächenform"
1 item: drawing in black ink; 18 x 18 cm., on sheet 23 x 31 cm.; mounted. The drawing demonstrates the positioning of focal points caused by progressive diagonal divisions within a square.
2* 5 Triangle with cut-out overlay,
2 items: an equilateral triangle (30 x 30 cm., on sheet 32 x 32 cm.), divided into 10 equilateral triangular parts, each one hand-colored (gouache?). Corner colors: yellow, blue and red. Marked in pencil: "Stunde 8." Together with a cut-out overlay (31.5 x 33.3 cm.), also marked in pencil: "Stunde 8." Both items are mounted.
2* 6 Black circle on white square
1 item: circle (diam. 18.5 cm.), painted black (charcoal?); pasted down on plain paper (29.2 x 30.1 cm.); mounted.
2* 6 White circle on black square
1 item: circle (diam. 18.5 cm.), painted white (gouache?); pasted down on paper (29.6 x 30 cm.), colored black (pastel); mounted.
2* 7 Yellow circle on white square
1 item: circle (diam. 18.5 cm.), painted yellow (gouache?); pasted down on plain paper (29.3 x 30 cm.); mounted.
2* 7 Yellow circle on black square,
1 item: circle (18.5 cm.), painted yellow (gouache?); pasted down on paper (29.2 x 30.5 cm.), colored black (gouache?); mounted.
2* 8 Blue circle on white square
1 item: circle (diam. 18.5 cm.), painted blue (pastel); pasted down on plain paper (29.2 x 30 cm.); mounted.
2* 8 Blue circle on black square
1 item: circle (diam. 18.5 cm.), painted blue (pastel); pasted down on paper (30.5 x 29 cm.), painted black (charcoal?); mounted.


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