Kandinsky is throughout his career a theorist in search of the absolute art. At the time of the Blaue Reiter, the predominance of the colors and of the lines of force led him to abstraction. In the Bauhaus he consolidates his theories by a detailed analysis of the elementary forms : plane, straight line, angle, circle, semicircle.
The circle is the projection of the sphere on the plane. Its many mystical interpretations obviously fits the esoteric sensitivity of the artist. It is also the basic element of any astronomical figuration. It is empty or filled with any color, and can overlap other circles to simulate for example the chaos of the creation of the world.
With the revealing title Vertiefte Regung meaning thorough impulse, an oil on canvas 100 x 76 cm painted in 1928 demonstrates the dynamic effect of the circles. In various diameters, they juxtapose and collide over a black surface with totally irregular edges underlined by a blue halo.
This artwork was used as a wall ornament of the Meister living room used by Kandinsky and Klee in the new buildings of the Bauhaus after its transfer to Dessau.
Vertiefte Regung was sold for $ 6.4M including premium by Sotheby's on November 5, 2015. It is estimated £ 5.5M for sale by Sotheby's in London on February 26, lot 13.
SOLD for £ 6.1M including premium