Wassily Kandinsky. Color Study. Squares with Concentric Circles, 1913

Color Study. Squares with Concentric Circles


Watercolor, gouache and crayon on paper

9.4 × 12.4" (23.8 × 31.4 cm)

Munich, Germany. The Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus

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Squares with Concentric Circles (Farbstudie - Quadrate und konzentrische Ringe), perhaps, Kandinsky's most recognizable work, is not actually a full-fledged picture. This drawing is a small study on how different colour combinations are perceived that the painter used in his creative process as a support material.

For Kandinsky, colour meant more than just a visual component of a picture. Colour is its soul. In his books, he described his own perspective on how colours interacted with each other and with the spectator in detail and very poetically. Moreover, Kandinsky was a synaesthete, i.e. he could ‘hear colours’ and ‘see sounds.’

So, this is probably righteous that after a century, it is not one of his compositions – which he himself considered as his main achievements – but this small drawing that has become one of Kandinsky’s most popular works.

PS: Interestingly, by arranging circles in such manner, the painter unconsciously created a piece of art in the Serial Imagery technique (e.g. Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Diptych).

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#12. Justin Tanner, Latta

22 March
Why this is just circules ive got to do an art project on this

#11. bob, kit

09 March
amazing art wish i had some of it

#10. Tyler Jeffers, New Jersey

14 February
This looks like a 2 year old made this

#9. Anastasia, Yugoslavia

02 January


#8. lola garcia, mexico

21 May
what´s mean the colors and the figures to this picture?

#7. Lumpyspace princess,

12 April

#6. Someone, somwhere

11 January
I like the piece


#5. MangaQueen02, Luffyland

29 August
What is this art piec by Kandinsky called? Please help.

#4. Chad,

14 May
Is this oil on canvas?

#3. Morgan Mquire, Southampton

06 May
I agree with you adam i would love to create a piece like this

#2. Adam Comber, Southampton

06 May
Like the use of harmonious colours within certain squares and contrast in others.


#1. rose,

21 April
awesome pic!

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