During the time Kandinsky painted Several Circles (1926) he became deeply interested in science and went so far as to begin collecting scientific encyclopedias as well as science journals. Several Circles clearly illustrates his belief in abstraction's connection to the "cosmic language" and its link to a greater spiritual universe. When I look at this painting I feel calm despite the loud "POP!" of the vibrant orbs against the black slate background. The idea of calm among'st chaos was Kandinsky's metaphor for life, and no other shape could express his idea.