Mit dem schwarzen Bogen (Picture with a Black Arch)

Wassily Kandinsky1912

Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou
Paris, France

Having broken through into abstraction the previous year, Kandinsky produced the masterful Mit dem Schwarzen Bogen (Picture with a Black Arch), seeking to strengthen the construction of his compositions.

The mass of three colored clouds is crossed by a large black symbol, which is reminiscent of the instrument used to yoke a Russian troika sleigh, called the douga, an essential component of any harness. At the same time as this dynamic arc collides with the languid colored spots, its triangular form allows it to hold the three isolated blocks together, reflecting its original purpose.

By bringing into opposition the line and the spot, the hard and the soft, the real world and the dialog of forms, Kandinsky created one of his most unique compositions, which he took with him into exile in Paris.


  • Title: Mit dem schwarzen Bogen (Picture with a Black Arch)
  • Creator: Kandinsky, Vassily
  • Date Created: 1912
  • Physical Dimensions: w 198 x h 189 cm
  • Provenance: Bequest Of Nina Kandinsky, 1981
  • Subject Keywords: abstraction
  • Type: Peinture
  • Rights: Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Agence photographique de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux , Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Jacqueline Hyde , Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Philippe Migeat
  • Medium: oil painting on canvas
  • Art Movement: Der Blaue Reiter

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