Wassily Kandinsky was an influential abstract artist. Born in Moscow, Russia, on December 16, 1886, Wassily Kandinsky is credited with painting the first purely abstract works. Kandinsky began painting studies at the age of 30 after he was offered a job as a professor at the University of Dorpat. These painting studies involved mostly realistic subjects like still lives and anatomy drawings and he soon began branching out and experimenting with different shapes. In 1896 Wassily Kandinsky moved to Munich, Germany. He returned to Moscow in 1914 after the breakout of World War I but returned to Germany after the war in 1921. In the mid-1930s, after the rise of the Nazis in Germany, Wassily Kandinsky moved to France where he lived for the rest of his life. France is also where he created some of his most iconic abstract artwork. He died on December 13, 1944, at the age of 77.
Below are some facts about Wassily Kandinsky:
• Wassily Kandinsky studied law and economics as a young man.
• Wassily Kandinsky once said that “music is the ultimate teacher” and he created ten paintings titled “compositions” in honor of music.
• Wassily Kandinsky often used religious stories as the basis for the themes in his artwork. Nearly all his work had some sort of theme, even though many of the works are too abstract for those themes to be immediately clear!
• Wassily Kandinsky was married twice and had one child.
• In 2012 one of Wassily Kandinsky’s paintings sold for 23 million dollars in a U.S. auction!