Wassily Kandinsky  (Russian, 1866-1944) 

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Wassily Kandinsky (Russian, December 16, 1866–December 13, 1944) was an early 20th-century Russian painter whose work is most closely characterized by pure Abstraction. Kandinsky was born in Moscow, Russia, to Lida Ticheeva and Vasily Silvestrovich Kandinsky. During Kandinsky's childhood, music was a strong influence. Both of his parents played instruments, which led to Kandinsky himself playing both the piano and the cello from a young age. Several of his paintings have musical titles, including the series Improvisations and Compositions, which highlight the influence this upbringing had on his art. While Kandinsky had a long illustrious artistic career, his early studies did not focus on artistic creation. Kandinsky studied law and economics at the University of Moscow.

It wasn't until 1896, when the artist was 30, that he began his artistic endeavors. Kandinsky gave up a lucrative career of teaching to enroll in art school in Munich, Germany. It is said that while he was still in Russia, Kandinsky was able to see an exhibit featuring the painting of Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926), which was a large part of his artistic inspiration. It was the series Haystacks at Giverny that inspired him to think of art in such a nontraditional way. It is said that Kandinsky was bothered by Monet's Impressionistic style; however, Kandinsky's own work would go beyond simple Impressionism into the realm of Abstraction.

Not only was Kandinsky a painter, but he was also an influential art theorist. His theoretical philosophies were first published in 1910 in his book Concerning the Spiritual in Art. In 1911, Kandinsky famously established the Blaue Reiter, or Blue Rider, art group whose Gabriele Münter (1877-1962), Franz Marc (1880-1916), August Macke (1887-1914), Paul Klee (1879-1940) are part of. After the start of World War I in 1914, he left Germany and returned to his hometown of Moscow. Kandinsky was also well-known for his later ties to the historical German Bauhaus School. While at the Bauhaus, Kandinsky taught basic design to advanced theory. In 1926, he published the book Point and Line to Plane. After the closing of the Bauhaus by the oppressive Nazi regime, Kandinsky moved to France where he would live until his death. Kandinsky gained French citizenship in 1939. Five years later, he died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, leaving behind an Abstract art legacy.

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Wassily Kandinsky, Zeichnung für "Paradies"

 

Wassily Kandinsky
Zeichnung für "Paradies"
1911-1912

Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner KG
Wassily Kandinsky, Schwarzer Fleck

 

Wassily Kandinsky
Schwarzer Fleck
1912

Austin Art Projects
Wassily Kandinsky, Jungster Tag (Judgement Day)

 

Wassily Kandinsky
Jungster Tag (Judgement Day)
1912

Austin Art Projects
Wassily Kandinsky, Brauner Strahl (Brown Ray)

 

Wassily Kandinsky
Brauner Strahl (Brown Ray)
1924

Galerie Thomas
Wassily Kandinsky, Entwurf zu Blauer Fleck (Study for Blue Spot)

 

Wassily Kandinsky
Entwurf zu Blauer Fleck (Study for Blue Spot)
1912-1913

Moeller Fine Art
Wassily Kandinsky, Getaucht / Immersed

 

Wassily Kandinsky
Getaucht / Immersed
1931

Galerie Orlando
Wassily Kandinsky, Síntesi Barcelona

 

Wassily Kandinsky
Síntesi Barcelona
1935

Galería Odalys
Wassily Kandinsky, Untitled

 

Wassily Kandinsky
Untitled
1940

MESSINE Galerie & Conseil
Wassily Kandinsky, Nach Rechts – Nach Links

 

Wassily Kandinsky
Nach Rechts – Nach Links
1932

MESSINE Galerie & Conseil
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Wassily Kandinsky, Two, etc

 

Wassily Kandinsky
Two, etc
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Wassily Kandinsky, Holzschnitt für die Ganymed-Mappe (from Der Dritten Ganymed-Mappe)

 

Wassily Kandinsky
Holzschnitt für die Ganymed-Mappe (from Der Dritten Ganymed-Mappe), 1924
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Wassily Kandinsky, Kleine Welten IV

 

Wassily Kandinsky
Kleine Welten IV, 1922
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1866   Born: Moscow, Russia on December 4th
1886 - 1892   University of Moscow, Moscow, Russia
1897 - 1899   Studied under the private instruction of Anton Azbe
1900   Entered Kunstakademie (The Munich Academy of Arts) and studied under Franz Stuck
1900   Participated in the exhibition of the Moscow Partnership of Artists
1901   Founded Phalanx, an art group
1909   Founded the New Group of Artists (Neue Kunstlervereinigung), and became the President
1911   Kandinsky and Frantsem Mark established the group Blue Rider (Blaue Reiter)
1910 - 1912   Participated in the exhibition of “Jack of Diamonds” art group
1912   Published Concerning the Spiritual in Art, the first theoretical foundation of abstractionism
1922   Joined the Bauhaus school of art and architecture by invitation of founder Walter Gropius and teaches there until its close by the Nazis in 1933
1944   Died at Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
2009 - 2010   Sept. - Jan., "Kandinsky - Absolute. Abstract", New York, NY
2009   April - Aug., "Kandinsky - Absolute. Abstract", Paris, France
2006   June 22 - Oct. 1, "Kandinsky, The Path to Abstraction", Tate Modern, London, England
1909   Neue Künstlervereinigung München (NKVM). Heinrich Thannhauser’s Moderne Galerie. Munich, Germany.