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The works and titles of this painter were recently unveiled at an exhibition. What ten letters did the Germans use to describe his collective of artists?

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errata: the final image should be this: enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ Message for question author (please ignore if you're not the OP): rot13(Url, V abgvprq gung lbh ner cbfgvat lbhe chmmyrf gb e/CvpgherTnzr nf jryy. Guvf pna yrnq gb crbcyr nppvqragnyyl fcbvyvat gur fbyhgvba sbe gurzfryirf (sbe rknzcyr, ol frnepuvat vg hc). Vg'f avpr gb frr gung lbhe chmmyrf ner ernpuvat zhygvcyr pbzzhavgvrf, ohg V jbaqre vs gurer'f n jnl gb oevat gurfr pbzzhavgvrf gbtrgure. Arkg gvzr, qb lbh guvax lbh pna cbfg chmmyrf ba qvssrerag cyngsbezf fvzhygnarbhfyl naq vasbez rnpu cyngsbez bs gur cerfrapr bs lbhe bgure cbfg(f)? Yrg zr xabj jung lbh guvax.) $\endgroup$ Oct 3, 2023 at 18:40

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The key insight is to realize that

the shapes represent a phonetic substitution cipher

with

angles of pink circles corresponding to vowels, large circles corresponding to consonants, and red triangles marking the start/ends of words: enter image description here

The flavortext is

a quote from Wassily Kandinsky

which

allows us to assign words/phrases to each of the parts

Putting all of this together, the first 4 parts can be interpreted like so:

enter image description here

Using this information, we can then interpret the last part:

enter image description here

Then,

We get the cluephrase ECHO CHAMBER OR ACT HOMOEROTIC

Which resolves to our final answer of

CIRCLEJERK!

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  • $\begingroup$ hi! great work so far. unfortunately there's an error i've made with the puzzle's image. here's an updated version, changes are the >!homoerotic error as you've pointed out!<, and the left piece has been updated. good luck! $\endgroup$
    – empyreu
    Sep 17, 2023 at 11:14
  • $\begingroup$ wonderful! great job :D $\endgroup$
    – empyreu
    Sep 17, 2023 at 11:56

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