It was lost for more than 70 years: Now Wassily Kandinskys work Gebogene Spitzen resurfaced. Experts of Ketterer Kunst
have no doubts about its authorship. The watercolor with its fascinating history will be called up in the auctions at Ketterer Kunst in Munich on June 17-19.
Wassily Kandinskys strictly geometric compositions from the Bauhaus years are his most-sought after paper works on the international auction market.
I am all the more delighted , says Robert Ketterer, that we were able to identify such an outstanding work. The auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst explains: Many Kandinsky experts did research into the work, however, its exact appearance and whereabouts remained a mystery for decades. The only hint came from the catalog raisonné of Vivian Endicott Barnett: a tiny sketch made from memory inscribed Location: Unknown.
With shows in Berlin, Paris, The Hague, Brussels, Halle and Stockholm the watercolor looked back on a fascinating exhibition history when it still was in the artists possession, however, the list ends in 1932.
After the National Socialists had closed the Bauhaus in Berlin in July 1933, Wassily Kandinsky and his wife Nina relocated to Paris in December that year. Gebogene Spitzen must have been part of their luggage, as a customs stamp on the reverse suggests.
A note in the artists handlist proves that it was on consignment with the art trader Rudolf Probst. After Kandinskys death in 1944 his wife Nina Kandinsky administered the estate and eventually noted vendu par Probst (sold through Probst) in the handlist. On top, the Fonds Kandinsky has a list of works that were at Probst in Mannheim in 1949, on which Nina Kandinsky had crossed out Gebogene Spitzen as sold. We can therefore act on the assumption that it was sold through Probst in 1949. Ever since the whereabouts of this distinguished artwork were unknown.
This balanced construction characterized by both motion and resting stability from the estate of a Western German private collection will be called up with an estimate of 250.000-350.000. Before the auction it will go on an exhibition tour with stops in Frankfurt (May 28), Duesseldorf (May 30/31), Hamburg (June 2/3), Berlin (June 5-10) and Munich (June 12-18).