Black Relationship
(Schwarze Beziehung)


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”.

Wassily Kandinsky 1866-1944
Black Relationship
Drawing, watercolor and ink on paper, 1924
36.9 X 36.2 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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