Further to the delightful arbitrariness of Kandinsky’s work, this piece offers many small and exemplary decisions. The image looks like a door viewed at an oblique angle. Inside it are a number of what could be small circular doors that swing open onto a black void. The end point of each arc touches the corner of a coloured trapezoid or triangle, but there is no evident reason why—nothing happens to or with or because of the shapes and there is no order in their arrangement or relations. At first glance we might have the impression of an intelligently structured grouping, but a closer look gives us nothing. Kandinsky certainly was intelligent, but he didn’t let that interfere with his work.

Wassily Kandinsky, Development in Brown 1933

Wassily Kandinsky, Development in Brown 1933

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