Russia ( 1944 )
Oil on canvas
Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky
4 December 1866 - 13 December 1944)
was a Russian painter, and art theorist.
He is credited with painting the first
modern abstract works. Born in Moscow,
Kandinsky spent his childhood in
Odessa. He enrolled at the University of
Moscow and chose to study law
and economisc. Quite successful in
his profession--he was offered a professorship
(chair of Roman Law) at the
University of Dorpat -
he started painting studies
(life-drawing, sketching and anatomy)
at the age of 30.
In 1896 he settled in Minich and studied
first in the private school of Anton Azbe
and then at the Academy of Fine Arts, Minich.
He went back to Moscow in
1914 after World War I started.
He was unsympathetic to the official theories
on art in 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
the rest of his life, and became a
French citizen in 1939. He died at
Nuilly-sur- Seine in 1944.