One of the Founders of Modern Abstract Art
Born on December 4, 1866 in Moscow, just 15 years before the birth of Pablo Picasso, Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky’s childhood ambition was to be a musician. Studying law and economics at the Moscow University he took a keen interest in ancient art and folk-art of Russia. This interest kindled his artistic awakening. He came into contact with Cézanne and the Fauves and built up a close relationship with them. The various influences which dominated his artistic vision up to this period gradually diminished and finally he was liberated from them all.
The fascinating thing about Wassily Kandinsky is how seriously and carefully he evolved from figurative painting to abstract art. Kandinsky did not become an abstract painter lightly. He reached abstraction in a strenuous, thoughtful way that gives his art huge authority. Like symphonies, Kandinsky’s great abstract paintings speak directly to our senses and feelings. Their constellations of mysterious marks are like waves of sound that trigger emotions.