Square with concentric circles, Kandinsky, 1913

Square with concentric circles, Kandinsky, 1913
Square with concentric circles, Kandinsky, 1913 - 1

  • Posted by Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky
  • Museum: City Gallery in Lenbachhaus
  • Year: 1913

Overview of the painting :

Square with concentric circles – Vasily Vasilievich Kandinsky. 1913. Watercolor, gouache and pastel on paper 23.8×31.4 cm

   Creating the picture “Squares with concentric circles”, Vasily Kandinsky stated that he loves the circle very much, just as he used to love the horse. Then he immediately clarified that the circle, he probably loves more, in view of his inexhaustible possibilities, which is why the circle took the place of the horse in his work. This is an explanation of this picture, which is quite suitable for the transition of Kandinsky to inconspicuous painting in general, which occurred in 1910.

   This picture is a good example of the author’s close attention to the geometric shape, color and nature of the interactions between them. The circle, from the point of view of Kandinsky, as a form carries enormous tension, and having enriched itself in color, as in this work, it appears as a voltage with many stresses. With this inner power of the vicious circle, the author did not cease to admire and chant in his work.

   Each circle using color is divided into several more circles, and color here is a way of transmitting different mental states, or rather, color is only a sign of a certain state. It is all the more difficult to convey the variability of these states, their fluidity through paints – a talented author worked on this issue.

   Researchers consider this work to be very important, because Kandinsky summed up the very important stage of the study of geometry and color.