Wassily Kandinsky


Artist Biography:

Born in Moscow on 4 December 1866, Wassily Kandinsky was one of the most important pioneers of abstract art. He was educated at the University of Moscow, where he studied economics and law. In 1896 he declined the offer of Professorship of Law at the University of Dorpat and embarked on a different career path, moving to Munich to study art. Kandinsky’s first works are representational, utilising impressions from his travels. It was after 1908 that he broke free of traditional constraints, eliminating the representational elements from his work. By 1910, he had produced Europe’s first abstract painting. The first peak in Kandinsky’s career is marked by the seven large compositions and about forty improvisations painted between 1910 and 1914. During this time he founded the ‘Blaue Reiter’ group with Franz Marc. The group held many exhibitions during this period of feverish activity but dispersed in 1914 at the outbreak of war. The second peak was attained with the series of circle pictures which Kandinsky executed while teaching at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau between 1923-26. The rise of Nazism in 1933 drove Kandinsky out of Germany to Paris, where he spent his remaining years.

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