Zwei Spiralen. 1932. Watercolor with pen drawing in red and blue ink. Barnett Aquarelle 1064 (with color illu. on p. 260). Lower left mongrammed and dated. On Japon, laid on board. 41 x 25 cm (16.1 x 9.8 in), size of sheet. Backing board: 47,5 x 34 cm (18,7 x 13,3 in). The artist's in-house catalog mentions the work with the descriptionsdes Künstlers ist die Arbeit unter der Bezeichnung "i 1932, 453, 2 Spirale".
PROVENANCE: Nina Kandinsky. Will Grohmann, Berlin (1950). Private collection Dresden.
EXHIBITION: Wassily Kandinsky, Commemorative Exhibition. Kunsthalle Basel 10 March - 8 April 1945, no. 57, no illu. 50 Jahre Bauhaus. Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart 5 May - 28 July 1968, no. 132, no illu. Kandinsky. Kleine Freuden. Aquarelle und Zeichnungen. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, 7 March - 10 May 1992/ Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, 23 May - 2 August, 1992, cat. no. 139 with color illu.
The playful and rhythmic aspect of this composition calls reminiscence of works by Paul Klee. In his abstract works Wassily Kandinsky was particularly inspired by the influence of music, which can also be said about this composition. The atmospheric airiness it emanates may well originate in this inspiration. Subtle parallel lines loosen the strictly geometric figures up and add an own texture to the drawing. Everything is in abeyance. Even the precise lines find liberation in spirals. [KD]