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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
P.1953.216
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Kandinsky explained what the circle meant to him: "It is a link with the cosmic. But I use it, above all, formally. ...Why does the circle fascinate me? It is: 1. the most modest form, but asserts itself unconditionally, 2. a precise, but inexhaustible variable, 3. simultaneously stable and unstable, 4. simultaneously loud and soft, 5. a single tension that carries countless tensions within it. The circle is the synthesis of the greatest oppositions. It combines the concentric and the eccentric in a single form, and in equilibrium. Of the three primary forms [triangle, circle, square], it points most clearly to the fourth dimension."

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