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Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter and graphic artist known for being one of the pioneers of modern art, particularly abstract art during the early 20th century. He was famous for his works like Composition VI, On White II, and Contrasting Sounds.
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Key Facts & Information
Early Life and Interest
- On December 16, 1866, Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was born in Moscow, Russia. His parents Vasily Silvestrovich Kandinsky, a tea merchant and Lidia Ticheeva divorced when he was 5 years old.
- Young Wassily lived with his aunt in the city of Odessa. As a child, he learned to play piano and cello. He also loved drawing while studying in a grammar school.
- In 1886, he enrolled law school and graduated with honors. He became a law teacher but later gave up his promising career to enter an art school in Munich, Germany.
- In 1897, Kandinsky saw a French Impressionists’ art exhibition in Munich which sealed his faith in art. While studying art, he formed his own painting style through the use of colors to express his thoughts.
Wassily Kandinsky’s Art Career
- Kandinsky was particularly inspired by the works of Claude Monet. His early paintings were influenced by Impressionism, Pointillism, and Fauvism.
- In 1903, he painted The Blue Rider that would later be the name of an association he founded with co-artists including August Macke, Franz Marc, and Albert Bloch.
- In addition, Kandinsky also established the New Artists Association in Munich in 1909 which lasted until 1911.
- He teamed up with Paul Klee, Lyonel Charles Feininger, and Alexej Georgewitsch von Jawlensky to form The Blue Four. After a year, they lectured art and exhibit their works in the United States. Moreover, the group wrote The Blue Rider Almanac and On the Spiritual in Art which promote abstract art.
- In 1911, Kandinsky wrote Concerning the Spiritual in Art, an essay describing three types of paintings including impressions, compositions, and improvisations which would later be used in naming most of his works.
- From 1922 until 1933, Kandinsky served as a design teacher at Berlin’s Bauhaus School. At the same time, he became interested in incorporating geometrical elements in his works.
- In 1937, the Nazis confiscated several of his painting exhibited in the Degenerate Art Exhibition.
- Among his famous works was Composition VI which he planned for 6 months and painted in 3 days.
- Kandinsky’s painting was an absolute example of Abstract Expressionist art which represents several feelings including destruction, rebirth, food, and baptism.
Later Life, Death, and Legacy
- In the 1930s, Kandinsky moved from Russia to Germany and later to Paris due to World War II. He felt depressed later in his life because his works were not selling well despite having many supporters of his work.
- On December 13, 1944, Wassily Kandinsky died in France at age of 77.
- Some of his famous works include Composition VII, On White II, Fugue, and Contrasting Sounds.
- Much of his works in Russia did not survive, unlike his paintings in Germany.
- Kandinsky was not the first abstract artist but his art style and essays influenced succeeding artists.
- In 1990, his Fugue (1914) was sold for $20.9 million. Moreover, his Studie für Improvisation 8 (1909) was sold for $23 million in 2012.
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