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

Color Study. Squares with Concentric Circles


Watercolor, gouache and crayon on paper

9.4 × 12.4" (23.8 × 31.4 cm)

Munich, Germany. Lenbachhaus Gallery

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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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#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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