Wassily Kandinsky

Painting, Visual Artist

1866 – 1944

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Who was Wassily Kandinsky?

Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics. Successful in his profession—he was offered a professorship at the University of Dorpat—he began painting studies at the age of 30.

In 1896 Kandinsky settled in Munich, studying first at Anton Ažbe's private school and then at the Academy of Fine Arts. He returned to Moscow in 1914, after the outbreak of World War I. Kandinsky was unsympathetic to the official theories on art in Communist Moscow, and returned to Germany in 1921. There, he taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933. He then moved to France where he lived for the rest of his life, becoming a French citizen in 1939 and producing some of his most prominent art. He died at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1944.

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Born
Dec 16, 1866
Moscow
Also known as
  • Vasilii Kandinsky
  • Vasiliy Vasil’yevich Kandinskiy
  • Vasili Vasilievoch Kandinsky
  • Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky
  • Kandinsky
Parents
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Russian
Nationality
  • Russia
  • France
Profession
Education
  • Moscow State University
    Law
  • Economics
  • Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
Employment
  • Professor, University of Tartu
  • Bauhaus
Lived in
  • Moscow
  • Odessa
  • Munich
  • Neuilly-sur-Seine
Died
Dec 13, 1944
Neuilly-sur-Seine
Resting place
Neuilly-sur-Seine community cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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