Wassily Kandinsky Edge of the Forest (1903)

Wassily Kandinsky – the founder of abstract art in painting

Nina Kandinsky in Akhtyrka, Wassily Kandinsky
Nina Kandinsky in Akhtyrka, Wassily Kandinsky

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.

Wassily Kandinsky Blue Rider (1903)
Blue Rider (1903)

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.

Wassily Kandinsky Comet (1900)
Comet (1900)

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.

Wassily Kandinsky Edge of the Forest (1903)
Edge of the Forest (1903)

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”.

Wassily Kandinsky Farewell (1903)
Farewell (1903)

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.

Wassily Kandinsky Kochel Waterfall I (1900)
Kochel Waterfall I (1900)
Odessa. Port (1898)
Odessa. Port. 1898
Okhtyrka, autumn (1901)
Okhtyrka, autumn. 1901
Old City II (1902)
Old City II. 1902
Study for sluice (1901)
Study for sluice. 1901
Gabriel Munter painting (1903)
Gabriel Munter painting. 1903
Ancient Russia (1904)
Ancient Russia. 1904
Beach Baskets in Holland (1904)
Beach Baskets in Holland. 1904
Wassily Kandinsky
Wassily Kandinsky
Wassily Kandinsky. First abstract watercolor (1910) National Museum of Modern Art, Center Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Wassily Kandinsky. First abstract watercolor (1910). National Museum of Modern Art, Center Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Wassily Kandinsky, Composition VII, 1913
Wassily Kandinsky. Composition VII, 1913