Wassily Vasilyevich Kandinsky is a Russian artist. He began his creative career relatively late and did not immediately receive recognition, but after this happened, he became famous throughout the world. Today, streets in many cities, an airplane, and even a crater on the planet closest to the Sun, Mercury, are named after Kandinsky.
Biography of Wassily Kandinsky
His parents were Nerchinsk merchants. As a child, Vasily traveled a lot with his family – not only in Russia, but also in European countries. In 1871 his family settled in Odessa. In this city, the boy graduated from the gymnasium, received additional education in two areas – art and music.
At Moscow University, with a 2-year break, he studied until 1893 at the Faculty of Law. Professor Chuprov, who supervised Vasily’s studies, recommended leaving Kandinsky at the Department of Political Economy and Statistics.
With her, the future artist worked for two years, but in 1895 he turned to Chuprov with a letter in which he admitted that science was not for him. The decision to take such a sharp turn in his own fate was made by Kandinsky under the influence of an exhibition of Impressionist paintings, which took place in 1895 in Moscow. As Vasily Vasilyevich himself admitted at that time, the further time passes, the stronger his love for the fine arts becomes in him.
In 1900, the artist was enrolled in the Munich Academy of Fine Arts.
And in 1901, he founded his own creative association with a school with him, in which he began to teach.
In 1910 and 1912, Vasily Vasilyevich took part in exhibitions held by the Jack of Diamonds society. At this time, Kanditsky created a new theory of the “rhythmic” use of color and painted the picture “On the Spiritual in Art”.
After the revolution, Kandinsky was actively involved in social activities.
He took part in the founding of the Museum of Artistic Culture, worked on the protection of monuments, and worked in the art board. The artist did not cease to actively create, and it was at that time that he gained worldwide recognition as the founder of abstractionism.
On December 13, 1944, Wassily Vasilyevich Kandinsky died in the town of Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. In the years that have passed since then, Kandinsky’s paintings have repeatedly received records at auctions. So, in June 2017, at Sotheby’s, this happened twice with an interval of 22 minutes: first, one of the artist’s paintings was bought for $26.7 million, and then another for $42 million.