Black Relationship

Wassily Kandinsky, Black Relationship, 1924
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Drawings (341.1949)

Wassily Kandinsky, Black Relationship, 1924
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Drawings (341.1949)

The circular form dominates the watercolour Schwarze Beziehung (Black Relationship). Clearly defined, black and yet floating weightlessly, it takes up a relationship with the contrasting collection of multicoloured geometric elements that preserve the compositional equilibrium. As early as 1923, the circle holds a special significance in Kandinsky’s works. In a letter to Will Grohmann, the artist described it as a “connection with the cosmic” and a “synthesis of the greatest contrasts”.

Literature:
Barnett, Vivian Endicott: Kandinsky. Werkverzeichnis der Aquarelle, Bd. II 1922-1944, München 1994; 
Poling, Clark V.: Kandinsky in Russland und am Bauhaus 1915-1933, in: Kandinsky – Russische Zeit und Bauhausjahre 1915-1933, hg. v. Peter Hahn, Berlin 1984, p. 9-59.