1944 was also the year Kandinsky died.
The circle, is the synthesis of the greatest oppositions. It combines the concentric and the eccentric in a single form and in equilibrium. Of the three primary forms, it points most clearly to the fourth dimension. Wassily Kandinsky
Circles within circles, was a common motif with Kandinsky. His painting Several Circles, from 1926, gave me an idea, that may be somewhat far-fetched, but not inconceivable.
Upon looking at his picture, my eye wandered around, taking it all in, and then it felt natural to rest at the circle in the lower right hand corner – cut out shown here. It slowly dawned on me that the shapes were surprisingly similar to O’Keeffe’s Pelvis IV.
Look at it again. The circle within the circle is sitting at 10 o’clock in both images.
Could it be that O’Keeffe sometimes amused herself with looking for Kandinsky’s abstract shapes in her environment?
How about a private and secret little uproar…?
This particular painting by Kandinsky was bought by the Guggenheim museum in 1941, according to the museum website, and O’Keeffe might have seen it, when she was in New York to make arrangements for one of her yearly exhibitions.
Perhaps she painted in riddles, sometimes connected to Kandinsky’s motifs, and now and then directly to his words?
Maybe this is far-fetched.
Or – maybe not!
In fact, there are other coincidences, when following this idea…