Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky was born in December 4, 1866 in Moscow but he grew up in Odessa. He wanted to associate his adult life with the law, which he studied at the University of Moscow. He was even actively interested in it for some time. He could teach Roman law, as a professor, however the desire to create won with his humanistic education.

Wassily Kandinsky

For this purpose, he emigrated to Germany where he went to the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. The turbulent fate of Europe in the early twentieth century caused that Kandinsky eventually settled in France, where he died in December 13, 1944. He created and was a representative of the movement in painting called abstractionism. He was the first in Europe who began to paint using this technique. His paintings depicted objects unlike any realistic or creatures of nature. And even though the reception of these works was very difficult, the next wave of abstract painters flooded the artistic world. Delving more into detail of Kandinsky's paintings they are an example of non-geometrical abstraction, which includes such lines as: kinetics, informel and color field painting.

Throughout his artistic career, the painter had several stages of creation, which is characteristic for almost all authors, because of their inherent sensitivity which changes their attitude to the world, and thus to art, through life experiences. The first period was the one in college, here he painted mostly landscapes, which depicted realistic images, but they were highlighted by the layers of colors. Occasionally men appeared in his paintings. When he was traveling through Europe he joined the Blue Rose group and went even further toward abstraction. During this period he painted one of his most famous paintings, the "Blue Rider". In the years 1914-1921 he stayed in his homeland, where he dealt with promoting art and reforming museums, but Bolsheviks who were becoming more and more influential did not consent to his comments, which they considered too bourgeois.

Thus, the artist began to work in Weimar at the invitation of the Germans. Here, in the Bauhaus school, he taught young people art in theory and practice. He even began to publish books on topics related to art. In 1926 he published "Point and Line versus Plane". Examples of images, which he painted during this period are "On White II" and "Yellow-red-blue". When Hitler was becoming more and more powerful in Germany, the artist moved to the capital of France. During that time his paintings delighted even more thanks to their variety of colors. Their compositions were inspired by the folk art of the Slavs. An example of such an image is "Composition X". However, he did not gain such recognition in Paris, as in other countries where he stayed. He started to isolate himself, which also had an impact on his work. With time, his works became less colorful and subdued.