Wassily Kandinsky


Born in Moscow in 4 December 1866, Wassily Kandinsky was one of the most important pioneers of abstract art.

It took Kandinsky 10 years to find his bearings. His first works are representational, utilising impressions from his travels. He produced, in 1910, Europe’s first abstract painting, which was a completely non-representational watercolour.

The first peak in Kandinsky’s career is marked by the 7 large Compositions and about 40 Improvisations painted between 1910 and 1914. I

The second peak was attained with the series of circle pictures which Kandinsky executed while teaching at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau between 1923-26. This was the so called ‘cool’ period, which many of Kandinsky’s earlier admirers found hard to assimilate.
The advent of Nazism in 1933 drove Kandinsky out of Germany to Paris, where he spent his remaining years and where he eventually became a French citizen. It was here that he attained his third and last peak, where his Russian and Mongolian side found expression.