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Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Kandinsky's circles, famously displayed in Farbstudie Quadrate, represent best the abstract achievements of this innovative artist.

Several Circles, Concentric Circles and Farbstudie Quadrate are famous Wassily Kandinsky paintings which this website covers in full alongside a host of information on this famous painter who achieved great success with his early landscape and later abstract oil paintings. Kandinsky is seen as one of the most influential modern artists and print reproductions of his original paintings are now extremely popular with his international fanbase who enjoy hanging framed art prints, posters and stretched canvases of his work on their home and office walls. Farbstudie Quadrate famously features squares with concentric circles within them and this is an instantly recognisable modern art painting which is well known far beyond the career of Kandinsky.

Those who look further into his career will find many more abstract classics such as Improvisation, Composition VII and Composition VIII as well as some impressive early landscape paintings which underline his flexibility as an artist. Circles plus many other abstract shapes were very representative of the career and chosen style of Kandinsky, who would produce one after another composition with this simple but entirely innovative style that was helping to make people think about art in a different way, offering new opportunities for the many other abstract expressionists who were to follow the career of this groundbreaking artist. Early on in his life Wassily displayed his ability to create traditional paintings with his series of landscape paintings and occasional portraits but it was never entirely what he would see himself doing in the long term, and Kandinsky was always destined to create new approaches for artists which remain prominent today.

Artist Kandinsky was interested in researching colours and shapes within art, and used the prints found within this website as opportunities to experiment with those topics, alternating colours and shapes in different combinations together, in one painting after another. Whilst he was learning more about these topics, the art coming from was pushing new boundaries and leaving complex and abstract paintings for everyone else to enjoy. Many now appreciate his paintings when looking for something to add to their own homes which is abstract enough to add colour without having something so contrived and deliberate that it takes up the whole focus of the room. So in some senses, these abstract paintings can serve as stylish wallpapers or prints, whilst of course that doesn't account for the individual advances made by the artist.

Squares with Several Concentric Circles is another common name for this famous painting. It remains one of the most reproduced of any abstract art work and many others also like to add it to their own computer desktop as a wallpaper, with several large pictures of it available for download online. Images and pictures of Kandinsky's Squares with Several Concentric Circles are easily located through Google's Image Search option which can be a great way to find photos of your favourite artwork and has sortable filters to help find the largest available sizes for those adding them to their computer desktop backgrounds as digital wallpapers.

Circles in Circle

Circles in Circle is another painting along a similar theme by the painter, this time featuring an interesting set of disecting lines behind the main focus of the work. The particular print shown above is a titled version which includes the painting's title below the imagery, to give a professional finish that many prefer rather than simply including the art work itself on it's own. Circles in Circle is another version on a theme and this one does away with squares and so may be more to the taste of those who found the combination of squares set against circles as in Farbstudie Quadrate to not be quite to their own taste.

Kandinsky was someone who was beyond just being an artist. He was happy to teach at the prestigious Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until 1933 which was responsible for training and developing a lot of artistic talent during that period. Wassily could easily have been lost to the art world having spent much of his 20s teaching law and economics, before making the brave decision to pursue his new calling at the art school in Munich, which he signed up to in 1896. This was to be the start of a journey which ultimately left a great legacy within the modern art world.

In the Black Circle

In the Black Circle is another highly abstract painting following along the theme that continued for many years as Kandinsky experimented with different shapes and colours to a highly thorough level. Viewers of these paintings often see things that other's do not, and the only way to be sure of the painter's intentions in by studying his career in detail. For example, In the Black Circle could easily be intended to depict Earth, including city scapes and the moon, but this is far from clear just from looking at the painting by itself.

Farbstudie Quadrate

Farbstudie Quadrate is the best known and original name for this particular painting and was an example of Kandinsky was constantly experimenting with colours. He even created own theories for colour and these were later published in both English and Russian. Few painters go to such lengths to think about new ideas in such depth, even going to the lengths of actually documenting their findings and ideas. Most innovative painters simply concentrate entirely on production and care little for the significance or creating records of their new methods. In the modern era most remember Kandinsky for works like Farbstudie Quadrate and enjoy it's abstract colour qualities, but without any knowledge of his depth of study.

List of Paintings by Wassily Kandinsky

Besides the circles and squares featured paintings within this website, the artist also created a huge base of work throughout his long career, with the best ones listed below in no particular order:

  • Improvisation No 31
  • Mit und Gegen
  • Farbstudie Quadrate
  • Color Studies
  • Blue
  • Composizione VIII
  • Heavy Red
  • Yellow Red and Blue
  • Murnau
  • Merry Structure
  • Bustling Aquarelle
  • Gravitation
  • Two Green Points
  • Weiches Hart
  • Black Lines
  • Helles Bild
  • Circles in Circle
  • Komposition VII
  • Dominant Curve
  • Hommage to Grohmann
  • Man on a Horse
  • Heavy Red
  • Dame in Krinolinen
  • Composition Storm
  • Quiet Harmony
  • Grand Torre Kiev

List of Abstract Expressionists

Wassily Kandinsky was classed as an expressionist because of the style of art works that he produced during the latter part of his career, with truly abstract shapes and bold colours. Joining Kandinsky within this select group of creative artists were the following:

  • Robert Beauchamp
  • Elaine de Kooning
  • Robert Goodnough
  • Grace Hartigan
  • Lester Johnson
  • Alex Katz
  • George McNeil
  • Jan Muller
  • Fairfield Porter
  • Gregorio Prestopino
  • Larry Rivers
  • Bob Thompson
  • Georges Mathieu
  • Hans Hartung
  • Nicolas de Staël
  • Elmer Bischoff
  • Richard Diebenkorn
  • David Park
  • Theophilus Brown
  • Paul Wonner