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

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Kandinsky (Wassily) Papers
Series II. Kandinsky manuscripts, undated 1 box(es)
This series consists of two subseries: Manuscript in Russian of Über das Geistige in der Kunst [On the spiritual in art], and other texts by Kandinsky. The entire collection was digitized in 2014 and is available online: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/850910.
Series II.A. Manuscript in Russian of Über das Geistige in der Kunst, undated ca. 75 leaves
Manuscript in Russian of Über das Geistige in der Kunst: undated

The first subseries contains portions of Kandinsky's own Russian translation of Über das Geistige in der Kunst [On the spiritual in art], an annotated proof copy, and drafts for the figures in chapter IV. The manuscript consists mainly of text in Kandinsky's own hand and some typescripts.
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3 1 Predislovie [Preface], undated (after 1915)
1 leaf; typescript. Kandinsky mentions his writings on the analysis of form and composition from 1915. The beginning words are similar as in the preface to the 2nd edition of 1912.
3 1 Draft of Vvedenie [Introduction], undated
4 leaves. Two typescript copies of a two-page text. One of the copies includes corrections in pencil and three small schematic pencil drawings or signs.
3 2 Draft of chapter III: Povorot [The spiritual turning-point], undated
6 leaves; typescript. Two copies of a three-page text. The pages are marked as "Povorot I" and "Povorot 3." The text contains portions of the third chapter "Povorot k dukhovnomu [The spiritual turning-point]."
3 3 Pages 1-5, undated
6 leaves of a manuscript in ink; untitled; pages are numbered 1 to 5. [Needs further analysis.]
3 4 [Section?] 28, undated
4 leaves of a ms in ink; untitled; all pages are numbered as parts of [section?] 28. [Needs further analysis.]
3 5 Draft of a footnote from chapter VI, undated
1 leaf; typescript with corrections. Caption: "Predelzhenie prim.2/ na str. 64." The text is similar to the text of the footnote no. 4 from chapter VI titled "Iazyk form i krasok" ["The language of form and colour"].
3 6 Pages 65-71, undated
6 leaves, numbered from 65 to 71; manuscript in ink. [Needs further analysis.]
3 7 Pages 74-107, undated
36 leaves, numbered continuously from 74 to 107, and 2 additional single-leaves numbered 82 and 83; manuscript in ink. [Needs further analysis.]
3 8 Unnumbered manuscript pages, undated
2 leaves; manuscript in ink; includes a small drawing of a triangle.
3 9 Text with geometrical figures, undated
1 leaf; typescript with two section titles: "Zelenoe [Green]" and "Elementy konstruktsii [Elements of construction]." The text and the figures relate to Kandinsky's concept of the pairs of antithesises of colors and of movements as elements of composition in art. This item is most likely a draft for the figures in chaper VI "Iazyk form i krasok" ["The language of form and colour"].
3 10 Draft of chapter VIII: "Tvorenie i khodozhnik [Art and artist]" undated
5 leaves; numbered 1-5; typescript. Draft of chapter VIII: "Proizvedenie iskusstva i khudozhnik" ["Art and artist"].
3 11 Epreuves corrigées de l'editión russe du Spirituel, undated
1 item (20 leaves): pages 19 to 64, lacking pages 27-28 and 31-32. An incomplete proof copy of a Russian edition of On the spiritual in art. With numerous corrections and annotations in Russian in Kandinsky's hand. The text is printed in old Russian orthography and varies from the text published in 1967 in New York by Mezhdunarodnoe Literaturnoe Sodruzhestvo. Most likely this is a proof copy of Kandinsky's first, incomplete Russian translation interrupted by the war in 1914 (cf. Nina Kandinsky's preface in the Russian edition of 1967).
3 12 Cover of the manuscript, undated
1 leaf. Cover of the manuscript: a double-sheet of lined paper, inscribed in ink "Kandinskii. O dykhovnom v iskusstve [On the spiritual in art]."
Series II.B. Other texts by Kandinsky, undated ca. 23 items
Other texts by Kandinsky: undated

Subseries includes outlines of two essays in Russian, and an annotated draft in German of a text titled "Der Wert des theoretischen Unterrichts in der Malerei." Also included are ca. 20 mostly undated miscellaneous notes in German. The entire collection was digitized in 2014 and is available online: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/850910.
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3 13 "Razvitie zhivopisnoi idei v sovremennom iskusstve [The development of ideas of painting in contemporary art]" undated
1 leaf; typescript. Outline of an essay by Kandinsky.
3 14 "Sushchnost' formy i formal'nyi element v zhivopisi [The existence of form and the formal element in painting]" undated
1 leaf; typescript. Outline of an essay by Kandinsky.
3 15 "Der Wert des theoretischen Unterrichts in der Malerei [The value of theoretical instruction in painting]" 1926
5 leaves; signed and annotated draft (typescript), dated: "dessau 20.3.26". Kandinsky's text on the methodology of the painting instruction at Bauhaus. [Published in English under the title The value of theoretical instruction in painting cf. 1982 ed. of Kandinsky, complete writings on art]
3 16 Unidentified miscellaneous notes, undated
20 items: mostly undated manuscript notes in German.
3 16 Notes, undated
1 item; in pencil; beginning words: "'Form' und 'Inhalt' wo Form=Inhalt ..."
3 16 Notes, undated
1 item; in pencil. [Needs further analysis.]
3 16 Notes with bibliographical references, undated
1 item; in pencil. Kandinsky lists three books: Henri Rousseau by Wilhelm Uhde, Ein Geisteskranker als Künstler [about Adolf Wölfli] by Walter Morgenthaler, and Die Tragödie der Architektur by Paul Fechter.
3 16 Notes, undated
1 item: in pencil; begining words: "Komposition 4 für Raum, München ... " With notes about color on verso.
3 16 Notes with bibliographical references and a list names, undated
1 item; in pencil; beginning words: "Deutsche Künstler." Kandinsky lists names of several artists, including Jussuf Abbo, Moriz Melzer, Franz Mathias Jansen, Erich Waske, and Luise Spannring.
3 16 Manuscript text on art, undated
1 item (2 leaves); in pencil. [Needs further analysis.]
3 16 Notes, undated
1 item; in pencil. Notes on the analysis and synthesis in art, and on color. With a mention of Der Blaue Reiter.
3 16 Notes, undated
1 item; in pencil. Beginning words: "Kunsttheorie und folgende...." An outline of relationships between art history and nature, technology, industry, science, folk art, art education; on verso a list of names of art historians.
3 16 Notes, 1922
2 leaves; in pencil; with several small geometrical drawings. Beginning words: "K. u. N. [Kunst und Natur]." Dated "5 V 22" [1922 May 5th]: notes about form, plane, and color in visual art, theater and music.
3 16 Notes in Russian, undated
2 leaves: in pencil; with small geometrical drawings of triagles. [Needs further analysis.]
3 16 Notes, undated
1 small item: the text concerns the identity of Berthold Kreuzburg in Leipzig. With a reference to the Armin Kreuzberg Verlag.
3 16 Note, undated
1 small manuscript note; listing the name and address of a person in Charlottenburg [name illegible].
3 16 Note, undated
1 small manuscript note; beginning word: "Abendmahl."
3 16 Note, undated
1 leaf. [Needs further analysis.]
3 16 Notes on Purism and Cubism in France, ca. 1921
1 leaf; manuscript notes concerning articles on Purism and Cubism published in 1921 in the magazine Das Kunstblatt. Kandinsky summarizes Paul Westheim's article "Kunst in Frankreich" and Maurice Raymal's article "Juan Gris"; and lists names and titles of several artists and their art works, including Maurice Utrillo, Cezanne, J. Lipschitz, Ozenfant and Jeanneret [Le Corbusier], André Derain, George Braque, O. Kisling, Joseph Csaky, Juan Gris, and Pablo Picasso.
3 16 Notes refering to Orbis Pictus, 1921?
3 leaves: manuscript notes with references to books published within the series Orbis Pictus, including Walter Lehmann's Altmexikanische Kunstgeschichte [1921], Fannina W. Halle's Alt-Russische Kunst [1922?].
3 16 Note, undated
1 small manuscript note; listing various words and names, with caption: "Empfunden bei Clavierspiel."
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2* 9 Brown wrapping paper, 1922?
1 item: large brown wrapping paper, folded, and inscribed in pencil: "16.V.22. Diese Sachen fanden sich jetzt in einer Kommode" and "Russisches Manuscript zum 'Generalbass' oder Kontrapunkt. Etikett: 7.VI.10. Fortsetzung zu Über das Geistige." [Pulled from Box 3, f. 16. See also Box 4, f. 10.]


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