Portrait of Wassily Kandinsky

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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

The Bridge, 1931 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

The Bridge 1931

Giclée Canvas Print
$62.66
SKU: 16132-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:70 x 60 cm
Private Collection

Song of the Volga, 1906 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Song of the Volga 1906

Giclée Canvas Print
$55.08
SKU: 16131-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:49 x 66 cm
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Composition No. 6, 1913 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Composition No. 6 1913

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: 16130-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:195 x 300 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Winter Landscape, 1909 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Winter Landscape 1909

Giclée Canvas Print
$52.24
SKU: 16129-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:75.5 x 97.5 cm
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

On White II, 1923 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

On White II 1923

Giclée Canvas Print
$66.31
SKU: 16128-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:105 x 98 cm
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

White Oval, 1919 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

White Oval 1919

Giclée Canvas Print
$63.20
SKU: 16127-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:79.5 x 92 cm
The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

The Blue Rider, 1912 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

The Blue Rider 1912

Giclée Canvas Print
$71.05
SKU: 16126-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:52.5 x 55 cm
E.G. Buhrle Foundation Collection, Zurich, Switzerland

Moscow I, 1916 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Moscow I 1916

Giclée Canvas Print
$62.73
SKU: 16125-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:51.5 x 49.5 cm
The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Composition No. 7, 1913 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Composition No. 7 1913

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.67
SKU: 16124-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:200 x 300 cm
The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Penetrating Green, 1938 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Penetrating Green 1938

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: 16123-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:74 x 125.4 cm
Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland, USA

Soft Event, 1928 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Soft Event 1928

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: 16122-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:38.6 x 67.8 cm
Musee des Beaux Arts, Nantes, France

Fragile, 1931 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Fragile 1931

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: 16121-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:35.4 x 49 cm
Musee des Beaux Arts, Nantes, France

Towards the Bottom, 1929 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Towards the Bottom 1929

Giclée Canvas Print
$59.08
SKU: 16120-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:49 x 49 cm
Musee des Beaux Arts, Nantes, France

Pink Compensation, 1933 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Pink Compensation 1933

Giclée Canvas Print
$58.60
SKU: 16119-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:106 x 84 cm
Musee des Beaux Arts, Nantes, France

Eight Times, 1929 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Eight Times 1929

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: 16118-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:24.3 x 40 cm
Musee des Beaux Arts, Nantes, France

Slow Emission, 1931 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Slow Emission 1931

Giclée Canvas Print
$64.55
SKU: 16117-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:59.8 x 69.5 cm
Musee des Beaux Arts, Nantes, France

Soft Harshness, 1933 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Soft Harshness 1933

Giclée Canvas Print
$53.05
SKU: 16116-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:57.5 x 41.8 cm
Musee des Beaux Arts, Nantes, France

Black Weft, 1922 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Black Weft 1922

Giclée Canvas Print
$67.53
SKU: 16115-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:96 x 106 cm
Musee des Beaux Arts, Nantes, France

Green Vacancy, 1930 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Green Vacancy 1930

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: 16114-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:35 x 49.3 cm
Musee des Beaux Arts, Nantes, France

Multicolored Circle, 1921 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Multicolored Circle 1921

Giclée Canvas Print
$56.30
SKU: 16113-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:138.2 x 180 cm
Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut, USA

The Waterfall, 1909 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

The Waterfall 1909

Giclée Canvas Print
$53.99
SKU: 16112-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:70 x 97.8 cm
Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut, USA

Improvisation No. 7 (Storm), 1910 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Improvisation No. 7 (Storm) 1910

Giclée Canvas Print
$51.83
SKU: 16111-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:70 x 48.7 cm
Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut, USA

Small Yellow, 1926 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Small Yellow 1926

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: 16110-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:41.5 x 32.3 cm
Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut, USA

Abstract Interpretation, 1925 by Kandinsky | Canvas Print

Abstract Interpretation 1925

Giclée Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: 16109-KAW
Wassily Kandinsky
Original Size:49.5 x 34.6 cm
Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut, USA

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