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Wassily Kandinsky - Russian Artist From Art History

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Wassily Kandinsky russian artist
Composition VIII, 1923
Oil on canvas

russian artist wassily kandinsky
watercolor and pen
and India in on paper mounted
on card



Historical Artist - Wassily Kandinsky (1866 - 1944)

Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter, printmaker and art theorist. Wassily Kandinsky is credited with painting the first modern abstract works.

Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow and enrolled at the University of Moscow where he chose to study law and economics. Wassily Kandinsky started painting studies at the age of 30.

In 1896 Wassily Kandinsky settled in Munich and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. 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. Wassily Kandinsky then moved to France where he lived the rest of his life, and became a French citizen in 1939. He died at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1944.

Quotes on art by Wassily Kandinsky

" So the abstract idea is creeping into art, although, only yesterday it was scorned and obscured by purely material ideals. Its gradual advance is natural enough, for in proportion as the organic form falls into the background, the abstract ideal achieves greater prominence. "

" However diminished in importance the organic may be, its inner note will always be heard; and for this reason the choice of material objects is an important one. The spiritual accord of the organic with the abstract element may strengthen the appeal of the latter ( as much by contrast as by similarity ) or may destroy it. "

" The more abstract is form, the more clear and direct is its appeal. In any composition the material side may be more or less omitted in proportion as the forms used are more or less material, and for them substituted pure abstractions, or largely dematerialized objects ..."

" There is no 'must' in art, because art is free. "

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