Accord réciproque (Reciprocal Accords)

Kandinsky, Vassily1942

Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou
Paris, France

Kandinsky's palette darkened with this large canvas from early 1942. The two large triangular shapes in the painting rest on the fragility of their most acute angle, yet they are tied at the top and bottom by small elastic triangles, hence the title, Accord réciproque (Reciprocal Accords). With its cool tones accentuated by the enamel effect of the Ripolin, it comes across as the swansong of an artist trying to impose his uniqueness. After Kandinsky's death, Nina chose this magnificent binary composition to be placed behind the artist's body in his open casket in his studio in accordance with Russian tradition.


  • Title: Accord réciproque (Reciprocal Accords)
  • Creator: Kandinsky, Vassily
  • Date Created: 1942
  • Physical Dimensions: w 146 x h 114 cm
  • Provenance: Bequest Of Nina Kandinsky, 1976
  • Subject Keywords: abstraction, geometry
  • Type: Peinture
  • Rights: Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Agence photographique de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux , Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Georges Meguerditchian , Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Jacqueline Hyde , Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Service de la documentation photographique du MNAM
  • Medium: oil painting and Ripolin on canvas

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