Art market Magazine October 2013

 
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1907 Kandinsky
STOCKHOLM
A painting by the famous Russian artist Vassily Kandinsky is coming up for sale in Stockholm. According
to the auctioneer Stockholms Auktionsverk, “Begräbnis” (Funeral), shown here, is thought to be Kandinsky’s first drawing in colour. Compared with other pieces produced by the artist at the time, such as the wellknown “Das bunte Leben” (A Motley Life), this painting is very small: just 29 x 4.8 cm. It is expected to fetch at least €440,000. It is believed that Begräbnis was painted during Kandinsky’s stay in Sèvres, a suburb of Paris, in the spring of 1907. The technique of short, even brushstrokes used for the painting clearly indicates that the artist was influenced by French Neo-Impressionism during his stay in France. But even though he adopted this style, Kandinsky was faithful to his roots and chose to portray typically Russian content, such as an Orthodox priest and a Byzantine church. After France, Begräbnis was taken in 1916 to Sweden, where it has since appeared in many exhibitions. It seems that Kandinsky was particularly fond of this piece, as he mentioned it in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter in February 1916. In 1943, it was sold by the auction house Stockholms Auktionsverk to a family that have kept hold of it until now. On 22/23 October, the same auction house will be selling the painting again in their ‘Modern Art and Design’ sale. Natalie Russell

Wassily Kandinsky, “Begräbnis”, 1907, tempera on black paper mounted on cardboard, 29 x 48 cm, signed in the bottom lefthand corner: Kandinsky. Estimate: €440,000-550,000.

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