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1 - Pier and Ocean, 1915

2 - Composition with Yellow, Red, Black Blue and Gray, 1920

3 - Compositionwith Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray and Blue, 1921

4 - Composition with Blue, Yellow, Red and Gray, 1922

5 - Composition with Yellow, Blue and Blue-White, 1922

6 - Composition N. I with Yellow and Light Gray, 1930

7 - Composition A with Red and Blue, 1932

8 - Composition with Blue and Yellow, 1932

9 - Composition 12 with Blue, 1937-42

10 - New York City, 1942

The dialectic between a fully achieved equilibrium of opposites (the central square of 1) and a variety of open, unstable situations around that square will characterize the Neoplastic compositions.

2: Horizontals and verticals reach a balanced relationship in a central white square field while vertical and horizontal planes of different size, proportions and colors generate imbalance around that square.


3: The square module multiplies through colored (A), non-colored (B, C, D) areas of slight horizontal or vertical predominance.

4: The opposites attain a stable synthesis in a large white square field while unbalanced planes of color tend to disrupt that balanced unity.

5: The square module opens up once to the left (A), to the top (C), to the right and to the bottom (D) while changing size, proportions and color.

As in 1915 (1), 2, 3, 4, 5 show unities which open up to multiplicity.


6: The square module multiplies here through a large white field, a smaller yellow one and four white squares which differentiate through slightly different proportions and respective sides which remain open.

While the opposite lines "run away", something remains to generate a variety of stable squares on the point of change. We are thus faced with the idea of a multiple and dynamic equivalence of opposites.


7: An enclosed square (1) opens up (2 and 3) changing in size and proportions while a large red plane and a small blue plane exercise an asymmetric effect.

The square concept diversifies (8) and multiplies dynamically further (9) through constantly changing size, proportions, and color combinations (10).

The square is a constant module always changing in appearance just as the waves of the sea are all different but always made of the same water.