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Heavy Circles, 1927

Vasily Kandinsky

Russian, 1866-1944
Oil on canvas
22-1/2 x 20-1/2 in. (57.2 x 52.1 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
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Writing to the art historian Will Grohmann in 1930, Kandinsky explained the crucial role of the circle in his recent work: “It is a link with the cosmic and I use it above all formally... The circle is the synthesis of the greatest oppositions. It combines the concentric with the ex-centric in a single form and in balance.” The cosmic resonance of circles is powerfully felt in this composition, where fourteen of them—each delineated with a slender halo of bright paint—seem to float in space, imaginary planets in orbit and eclipse.

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