Kandinsky in the Round

Lately, I have been preoccupied with the imagery of Wassily Kandinsky’s geometric paintings and drawings from the 1920s until his death in 1944. Over the last several weeks I’ve assembled various compositions, all directly influenced by that body of work.

The presentation format of most Western art is either rectangular or square. There are exceptions such as the wonderful tondos of the Italian Renaissance, round paintings by Raphael and others.

Tondo Madonna D’Ella Seggiola by Raphael Santi 

The idea occurred to me to continue with my paraphrases of Kandinsky’s imagery but to contain them in a round format. I designed these new compositions so that when posted here they would be floating against the white of the page. Each one creates its own little world of relationships. I’ve arranged them in the order that they were created, each gradually becoming increasingly complex as I became more comfortable with the circular design.

Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

8 thoughts on “Kandinsky in the Round”

    1. Thanks so much, Shari. As you must see, I love using this digital combination to play and create. The ability to revise as you go makes it so enjoyable to go on endlessly experimenting and inventing; a very freeing and exhilarating experience. I loved your wonderful images from Mexico. Hope we can meet up some time soon. Best to you and Spyro.

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    1. What an interesting observation! As I look at them now I see what you mean, particularly the last one. My intention, as usual, was to create a balance and interconnectedness within each composition. That they end up resembling watch works is accidental but serendipitously appropriate. Thanks for writing. I always enjoy your comments.

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        1. On your suggestion, I googled “skeleton watches” and looked at some of the images available. Yes they are fascinating to see. You never know where new ideas may come from. There may even be a new “Kandinsky time zone”. “Watch” out!


  1. I can see your progression to the more complex. Certain images caught my eye: the checkerboard in #2 and the needle in #3. #1 brings to mind fish and fish eyes-don’t know why!

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    1. Hi Donna. Thanks for writing. Kandinsky often put checkerboards in his paintings. I put in as a kind of tribute as well as adding some interest. The “fish eyes” I find interesting. It proves to me that people always bring their own thoughts and feelings to art. Your seeing the long shape in #3 as a needle is another example, since you are so involved with textiles. I designed these as strictly abstract with no representation of objects or particular meaning. It’s amazing to me all the things people “see” in them. Keep on looking!


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