Color Study. Squares with Concentric Circles (1913)  by Wassily Kandinsky

Color Study. Squares with Concentric Circles

1913

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 comments

Justin Tanner, Latta

22 March 2017
Why this is just circules ive got to do an art project on this


bob, kit

09 March 2017
amazing art wish i had some of it


Tyler Jeffers, New Jersey

14 February 2017
This looks like a 2 year old made this


Anastasia, Yugoslavia

02 January 2017
breathtaking


lola garcia, mexico

21 May 2016
what´s mean the colors and the figures to this picture?


Lumpyspace princess,

12 April 2016
beautiful


Someone, somwhere

11 January 2016
I like the piece


MangaQueen02, Luffyland

29 August 2014
What is this art piec by Kandinsky called? Please help.


Chad,

14 May 2014
Is this oil on canvas?


Morgan Mquire, Southampton

06 May 2014
I agree with you adam i would love to create a piece like this


Adam Comber, Southampton

06 May 2014
Like the use of harmonious colours within certain squares and contrast in others.


rose,

21 April 2013
awesome pic!



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