Tunis - Strand. 1905. Oil on board laminated with canvas. Roethel/ Benjamin 134. 24 x 32.8 cm (9.4 x 12.9 in).
A painting with Tunis as the subject is offered on the international auction market for the second time only.
PROVENANCE: Collection Gabriele Münter. Collection Jean K. Benjamin, New York. Private collection New York (through inheritance).
EXHIBITION: Kandinsky - Marc - Münter: Unbekannte Werke, Moderne Galerie Otto Stangl, Munich, October - November 1954, no. 55. Kandinsky und Gabriele Münter: Werke fünf Jahrzehnten. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, 16 February - 30 April 1957, no. 28. Wassily Kandinsky - Gabriele Münter. Hamburg, Kunstverein, 22 November 1958 - 11 January 1959, no. 23.
Kandinsky's early landscapes are still under a strong influence of Impressionism, its aftereffects lasted into the twentieth century. The verve that characterizes the works by Kandinsky is proof of the artist's intention to spontaneously render what he sees. The atmosphere of this quickly captured landscape benefits from the spatula technique, the cardboard and the releatively small format also suggest a plein-air execution. The pastel colors underline the approach to a landscape fully rendered in the sens of Impressionism. In Kandinsky's oeuvre works from this era are of crucial importance for the artist's development to a representational abstraction.