In his publication Concerning the Spiritual in Art (1912), Kandinsky explains his theory of painting: "Generally speaking, color is a power which directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings … ."
We can recognize two horseriders in this canvas: one in the foreground and the other in beige, to the left. However, these figures dissolve into an array of colored marks and black lines. Two masses of cold blues and greens on each side of the painting draw the eye toward a large red triangle at the center, which dominates the whole—a symbol of the soul's elevation which was cherished by Kandinsky.