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1866-1944

Russian Expressionist Painter

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist who is credited with being one of the pioneers of abstract art. His work laid the foundation for the development of abstract expressionism and other non-representational art movements in the 20th century.

Wassily Kandinsky was born on December 4, 1866, in Moscow, Russia. He grew up in a cultured and intellectual family, with his father being a successful tea merchant and his mother a pianist. Kandinsky's love for art and music began at an early age, and he learned to play the piano and cello.

Kandinsky initially pursued a career in law and economics, studying at the Moscow Faculty of Law. He graduated in 1892 and began working as a law professor at the Moscow State University. However, his passion for art persisted, and at the age of 30, he decided to abandon his legal career and move to Munich, Germany, to study painting.

In Munich, Kandinsky studied at the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts under the guidance of Anton Ažbe and Franz von Stuck. He was influenced by various art movements, including Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau). Kandinsky's early works were primarily landscapes and scenes from Russian folklore, characterized by bright colors and expressive brushstrokes.

In 1901, Kandinsky co-founded the artists' group Phalanx, which aimed to challenge the conservative art establishment in Munich. He also opened his own art school, where he met and taught the young Gabriele Münter, who would become his student, lover, and later, a significant artist in her own right.

Kandinsky's artistic style evolved over time, moving from representational art to abstraction. In 1909, he joined the Neue Künstlervereinigung München (New Artists' Association of Munich), which sought to promote innovative and experimental art. However, disagreements within the group led Kandinsky and other artists, including Franz Marc, to form Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) in 1911. This group became a significant force in the development of German Expressionism and abstract art.

Kandinsky's move towards abstraction was influenced by his belief in the spiritual and emotional power of color and form. He considered art to be a means of expressing inner feelings and emotions, rather than merely depicting the external world. In 1910, Kandinsky created his first abstract watercolor, which marked a turning point in his career.

During World War I, Kandinsky returned to Russia, where he became involved in the cultural and educational reforms following the Russian Revolution. In 1921, he was invited to join the Bauhaus, a progressive art and design school in Weimar, Germany. At the Bauhaus, Kandinsky taught mural painting and developed his theories on color and form, which he published in his influential book "Point and Line to Plane" (1926).

In 1933, the Nazi regime forced the closure of the Bauhaus, and Kandinsky moved to Paris, where he spent the last decade of his life. Despite the challenges of living in exile, Kandinsky continued to create innovative abstract paintings, exploring geometric forms and the interaction of colors.

Wassily Kandinsky passed away on December 13, 1944, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. His pioneering work in abstract art has had a lasting impact on the development of modern art, influencing generations of artists and art movements, including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, and Lyrical Abstraction. Kandinsky's theories on the spiritual and emotional power of art continue to inspire artists and art lovers alike.

155 Kandinsky Artworks

Impression III (Concert), 1911 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Impression III (Concert) 1911

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.19
SKU: 16156-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:77.5 x 100 cm
Public Collection

Improvisation 3, 1909 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Improvisation 3 1909

Giclée Canvas Print
$53.45
SKU: 16155-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:94 x 130 cm
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

A Motley Life, 1907 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

A Motley Life 1907

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.46
SKU: 16154-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:130 x 162.5 cm
Public Collection

The Ludwigskirche in Munich, 1908 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

The Ludwigskirche in Munich 1908

Giclée Canvas Print
$53.05
SKU: 16153-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:67.3 x 96 cm
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

Picture with Three Spots, No. 196, 1914 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Picture with Three Spots, No. 196 1914

Giclée Canvas Print
$68.08
SKU: 16152-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:121 x 111 cm
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

In the Bright Oval, 1925 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

In the Bright Oval 1925

Giclée Canvas Print
$59.68
SKU: 16151-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:73 x 59 cm
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

Around the Line, 1943 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Around the Line 1943

Giclée Canvas Print
$53.32
SKU: 16150-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:42 x 57.8 cm
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

Sky Blue, 1940 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Sky Blue 1940

Giclée Canvas Print
$54.27
SKU: 16149-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:100 x 73 cm
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

An Arab Town, 1905 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

An Arab Town 1905

Giclée Canvas Print
$50.21
SKU: 16148-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:67.3 x 99.5 cm
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Murnau, Houses in the Obermarkt, 1908 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Murnau, Houses in the Obermarkt 1908

Giclée Canvas Print
$57.24
SKU: 16147-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:64.5 x 50.2 cm
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

Summer Landscape, 1909 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Summer Landscape 1909

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: 16146-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:33 x 45 cm
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Accent en Rose, 1926 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Accent en Rose 1926

Giclée Canvas Print
$59.54
SKU: 16145-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:100 x 80 cm
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Picture with a Circle, 1911 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Picture with a Circle 1911

Giclée Canvas Print
$63.74
SKU: 16144-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:139 x 111 cm
Georgian Museum of Art, Tbilisi, Georgia

The Red Spot, 1914 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

The Red Spot 1914

Giclée Canvas Print
$74.44
SKU: 16143-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:130 x 130 cm
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Non-Objective, 1910 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Non-Objective 1910

Giclée Canvas Print
$56.43
SKU: 16142-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:59 x 48.9 cm
The Krasnodar Regional Art Museum F. A. Kovalenko, Krasnodar, Russia

Cossacks, 1910 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Cossacks 1910

Giclée Canvas Print
$53.59
SKU: 16141-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:94.6 x 130.2 cm
Tate Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Composition No. 4, 1911 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Composition No. 4 1911

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: 16140-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:159.5 x 250.5 cm
Museum Kunst Palast , Dusseldorf, Germany

Leger (Abstract Art), 1930 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Leger (Abstract Art) 1930

Giclée Canvas Print
$52.10
SKU: 16139-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:69 x 48 cm
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Untitled Improvisation, 1914 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Untitled Improvisation 1914

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: 16138-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:unknown
Public Collection

Improvisation 11, 1910 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Improvisation 11 1910

Giclée Canvas Print
$67.26
SKU: 16137-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:97.5 x 106.5 cm
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Painting with Points, 1919 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Painting with Points 1919

Giclée Canvas Print
$55.75
SKU: 16136-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:unknown
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Black Spots, 1912 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Black Spots 1912

Giclée Canvas Print
$57.12
SKU: 16135-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:100 x 130 cm
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Improvisation No. 6 (Africans), 1909 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Improvisation No. 6 (Africans) 1909

Giclée Canvas Print
$64.01
SKU: 16134-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:107 x 95.5 cm
Public Collection

Bavarian Landscape with a Church, 1907 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Bavarian Landscape with a Church 1907

Giclée Canvas Print
$54.13
SKU: 16133-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:unknown
Public Collection

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