Wassily Kandinsky , "Study For Improvisation 8"
Wassily Kandinsky (16 December 1866 - 13
December 1944) was a Russian painter,
printmaker and art theorist. One of the
most famous 20th-century artists, he is
credited with painting the first modern
Geometric abstract art is a form of
abstract art based on the use of
geometric forms sometimes, though not
always, placed in non-illusionistic
space and combined into non-objective
Kandinsky Sells for Record $23 Million in Mixed N.Y. Sale
November 7, 2012. Source:
The Wall Street Journal by Kelly
Christie's got $23 million for Wassily Kandinsky's "Study for Improvisation 8," a 1909 view of a man wielding a broadsword in a rainbow-hued village, that had been on loan to the Art Museum in Winterthur, Switzerland, since 1960. The Kandinsky was sold to a European collector by the Volkart Foundation, the charitable arm of the Swiss commodities trading firm Volkart Brothers.
The sale also represents a new auction high bar for Kandinsky, whose last record was set in 1990 when Sotheby's sold his 1914 "Fugue" for $20.9 million.
"Study For Improvisation 8"
RELEASE: CHRISTIE’S ANNOUNCES FIRST MAJOR HIGHLIGHT OF THE NOVEMBER EVENING SALES IN NEW YORK
29 August 2012, Source:
Christie's Press Release
RARE KANDINSKY STUDY TO BE OFFERED FROM THE COLLECTION OF A PROMINENT SWISS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION “STUDY FOR IMPROVISATION 8” EXPECTED TO FETCH US$20 – 30 MILLION, A RECORD ESTIMATE FOR A WORK BY THE RUSSIAN-BORN ARTIST.
New York – Christie’s is pleased to announce the first star lot of its highly anticipated Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on November 7: Wassily Kandinsky’s Studie für improvisation 8. Widely recognized for its significance to the advancement of abstract art, the work is a fully realized study for the last of the eight numbered paintings Kandinsky created in 1909 as part of his pioneering series he called “Improvisations.” Estimated at $20-30 million, the mystical scene of a conquering hero wielding a golden sword has the potential to set a new record price for any work by the artist at auction. The current record of $20.9 million was set in 1990.
A golden rectangle
is a rectangle whose side lengths are in the golden ratio,
one-to-phi, that is, approximately 1:1.618. A distinctive
feature of this shape is that when a square section is
removed, the remainder is another golden rectangle, that is,
with the same proportions as the first. Square removal can
be repeated infinitely, which leads to an approximation of
the golden or Fibonacci spiral.
The Droste effect is a specific kind of recursive picture, one that in heraldry is termed mise en abyme. An image exhibiting the Droste effect depicts a smaller version of itself in a place where a similar picture would realistically be expected to appear. This smaller version then depicts an even smaller version of itself in the same place, and so on. Only in theory could this go on forever; practically, it continues only as long as the resolution of the picture allows, which is relatively short, since each iteration geometrically reduces the picture's size. It is a visual example of a strange loop, a self-referential system of instancing which is the cornerstone of fractal geometry.