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Vasily Vasilyevich Kandinsky, most commonly known as Wassily Kandinsky was one of the most well-known artists of the modern times. Originally born in Moscow, Russia in December of 1866, the painter and graphic artist traveled throughout Italy at a young age along with his family. Kandinsky was a prodigy child, mastering the cello and piano, as well as writing poems when he was only five years old.
In 1886, Kandinsky began studying at The University of Moscow - not art, but law and economics, continuing in this area for the next seven years. In 1893, he eventually accepted to become part of the university’s law faculty. During this time, he was fascinated by the Russian folk art, as well as the decoration from rural village homes.
In 1895, the Russian scholar had the opportunity of seeing an exhibit of the Impressionists in Moscow which caught his attention. Claude Monet was featured in the Impressionist exhibit with paintings of haystacks which fascinated Kandinsky, as they seemed not to have been properly finished. These modern paintings had such an impact on him that the next year - when he reached the age of thirty - he decided to pursue an artistic career.
Inspired by the new approach to art, the Russian artist concluded his first abstract painting in 1910 using watercolor. But by 1914, the First World War had begun, and only three years later the Russian Revolution was in action, the same year Kandinsky and Nina Andreewsky got married. The artist was involved in social politics, helping organize more than twenty museums with the responsibility of becoming the director of the Museum of Pictorial Culture, after the overthrow of the czar. By 1921, Kandinsky was the founder and vice-president of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and was also working as a professor at the University of Moscow. Unfortunately, the Soviet’s views on modern art became very strict, and ultimately Kandinsky left the country.
The Russian artist went through a period known as “architectural” period, beginning around the year 1920 and lasting approximately four years. In this mid-period, Kandinsky lived in Weimar, Germany, and became a professor at the prestigious Bauhaus – a school designated for exceptional students of design, architecture, and art. The artist’s view of painting was profoundly spiritual and emotional and saw the use of abstract forms as a way to transcend boundaries of physical and cultural representations in art. His work was done with the intention of helping society by sharing his ideas and often joined his art with music, as he saw it as a non-objective kind of art as well.
In 1944, Kandinsky passed away while living in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. He will forever be remembered in art history for his innovations in painting and for becoming one of the first to delve into the world of abstract art. Until this day, his art touches the heart of many around the world, just as he wished that every stroke would correspond to the complex human soul.