2017-087: Kandinsky Mandala

Circles in a Circle - source: WassilyKandinsky.net
Circles in a Circle 1923
Oil on canvas
38.9″ × 37.6″
source: WassilyKandinsky.net

This Week’s Theme: Mandala Artists

I LOVE this piece! I hope to see it in person some day. If you’re in the area you can find it at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

To me, it feels so vibrant and alive, like active molecules dashing about under a microscope while lines dissect and dance in and around the circles. I find his color choices intriguing as well. Proving to me yet again that it matters more about the values of the colors (lights and darks) and their relationships to each other than the actual color choices themselves. He reminds us that it’s okay to play with ALL the colors in our “crayon” box.

About this piece from WassilyKandinsky.net

“Circles in a Circle” is a compact and closed composition. Kandinsky began a thoughtful study of the circle as an artistic unit starting from this painting. In his letter to Galka Scheyer he wrote, “it is the first picture of mine to bring the theme of circles to the foreground.” The outer black circle, as if the second frame for a picture, encourages us to focus on the interaction between the inside circles, and two intersecting diagonal stripes enhance the effect, adding a perspective to the composition.

About Kandinsky from ModernArtPrints.net

Kandinsky is considered to be the first artist to paint purely non-objective compositions. He painted to express emotions alone. No story, no content, no symbols. Kandinsky created combinations of line, color, light, texture, motion and tone and for the first time, art was liberated from a point of reference outside itself.

View more of Kandinsky’s extraordinary art via his online gallery.


“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” ~ Wassily Kandinsky

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen

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