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“Please excuse me for simply writing to you without having the pleasure of knowing you personally. I have just heard your concert here and it has given me real pleasure. You do not know me, of course – that is, my works – since I do not exhibit much in general, and have exhibited in Vienna only briefly once and that was years ago (at the Secession). However, what we are striving for and our whole manner of thought and feeling have so much in common that I feel completely justified in expressing my empathy. […] I am taking the liberty of sending you a portfolio of my work (the woodcuts are nearly three years old), and I enclose in this letter a couple of photographs of my fairly recent pictures. I have no photographs of my most recent ones. I would be very happy if these works interested you.” (Wassily Kandinsky to Arnold Schönberg, 18 January 1911)

Details

  • Title: Birds (Xylograph)
  • Creator: Wassily Kandinsky
  • Date Created: 1909
  • Physical Dimensions: w28 x h28 cm
  • Provenance: Wassily Kandinsky, Munich; Arnold Schoenberg, Los Angeles; Gertrud Schoenberg, Los Angeles; Nuria Schoenberg Nono, Venezia, Lawrence and Ronald Schoenberg, Los Angeles; Arnold Schoenberg Institute, Los Angeles; Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna
  • Type: Woodcut
  • Rights: Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna
  • External Link: https://www.schoenberg.at
  • Medium: Heliogravure

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