Wassily Kandinsky

Russian 🇷🇺 1886 - 1944

Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow in 1866 to musical parents. Despite his family’s wishes for him to study law, he pursued his passion for art, moving to Munich at age 30 to study drawing and painting. Kandinsky’s approach to color, inspired by Monet, led him to create abstract works that were controversial yet influential in the early 20th century. He is credited as a leader in avant-garde art and one of the founders of pure abstraction in painting.

Kandinsky taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture (Germany) from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933. After the closure, he moved to France where he lived for the rest of his life. He became a French citizen in 1939 where he produced some of his most prominent art.

The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.