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Produced the year after his Small Worlds (Kleine Welten), this large print shows Kandinsky’s refinement of the off-center compositional device begun in the earlier work and his increased sophistication in the use of lithography, which he revered as the most modern of print media. By using a fine splatter of lithographic ink (tusche), Kandinsky created a subtle blending of colors and transparency that lends a softness and elegance to his hard-edged geometric forms. The composition revolves around a circular form, which Kandinsky considered to be the most elemental and to possess cosmic meaning. The print’s title refers both to the central color and to the shape of a segment of citrus fruit.

Vassily Kandinsky
Russian, 1866–1944
Orange
1923
Color lithograph on paper
Image/sheet: 18 7/8 x 17 7/16 in. (47.9 x 44.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.72.1