Wassily Kandinsky

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Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow in 1866. From a very early age Kandinsky’s parents encouraged him to play the piano as they both did. He started to read music while playing cello and piano. This interest in music from a young age would later on become a huge part of Kandinsky’s art career. Kandinsky also took a liking too color and how when put together colors seemed to stimulate the eye. Kandinsky attended the Moscow University but studied Economics Law and Politics, not what you would think the pioneer of abstract painting would have been studying. Although his art career took off, he was considered prestigious and could have had a profession in the field.

In 1899, at the age of 33, Kandinsky was heavily influenced by the work of Claude Monet, an impressionist painter from France. His paintings fascinated Kandinsky because the paintings were so abstract and different from the normal pieces. Monet’s paintings inspired him to move to Munich where he studied under Anton Azbé. After mastering drawing and sketching skills he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts.

Kandinsky moved back to Moscow in 1914 after the beginning of the war but was disappointed with the public understanding of art in Russia, so he returned to Germany in 1921 where he took up teaching at the Bauhaus School of Art. Unfortunately, in 1933 the school was closed by the Nazis and he moved to France where he spent the last five years of his life.

Kandinsky’s wall art is unique because of his ability to create purely abstract work. The definition of “pure abstract art” is any piece that uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. It was partially because of his ability to see sound as color. Kandinsky achieved pure abstraction by replacing the castles and hilltop towers of his early landscapes with stabs of paint or, as he saw them, musical notes and chords that would...
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