Wassily Kandinsky became a revolutionary with his bold colors and abstract forms. Kandinsky, the abstractionism master, was quite a force. The Nazis did not like him at all. This, however, didn’t stop him from painting and teaching other artists to think out of the box. He was born on 4th December, 150 years ago, from now. If you have just newly stepped into the world of art, you must read all the life details of Kandinsky.

First Abstract Watercolor

First Abstract Watercolor

Kandinsky made eyebrows rise in awe in 1911 with the first abstract form of watercolor. Some viewed him insane, while some viewed him as a revolutionary in art history. In retrospect, the graphic artist, Russian painter and art theorist became Abstract Expressionism’s founder. He heavily impacted the artists of his day and age.

Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian artist, first painted his abstract watercolor art in 1910. A year later, he showcased his work in an exhibition at the Munich New Artists’ Association.

Artistic Beginnings of Kandinsky in Munich

Born in 1866, this Russian artist studied law and then turned to art in 1896. He moved to Munich during this time, where he first enrolled in a private school to further refine his artistic skills. Later, he went to the Munich Art Academy. During this journey, he established Phalanx, an artists’ association, and also built his own painting school. Gabriele Munter, a famous artist, was also a student at Kandinsky’s school.

Kandinsky was already married, but the Abstract Expressionist formed a relationship with Munter. He spent a long time at Munter’s estate and created pictures of forests and houses over there. This work of his had a strong influence from his Russian home’s folk art, but it also held characteristics of brilliant colors.


Abstract Painting- Theory of Kandinsky

It is believed that Kandinsky took up abstract art after he observed a picture in his studio surrounded by twilight. The picture laid on its side, and Kandinsky could just make out colors and shapes that caught his attention. This made him conclude that representationalism made his work suffer. Kadinsky was certainly familiar with the techniques of light and color the Impressionists used. He was also familiar with Cubists’ unusual forms.

Wassily Kandinsky thoroughly examined the abstract art theory. He published his own definitive book ‘Concerning the Spiritual in Art’ in 1911. The book examines how forms and colors influence the human soul and also analyzes the purpose of art.

Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky thoroughly examined the abstract art theory. He published his own definitive book ‘Concerning the Spiritual in Art’ in 1911. The book examines how forms and colors influence the human soul and also analyzes the purpose of art.

The Years of Geometric Bauhaus

Walter Gropius, an architect, founded his school in 1919 in Weimar. His aim was to refine his equality of the art story in his school. He gathered craftsmen and artists to teach work together. Kandinsky joined the school, where he taught a number of painting courses until the Nazis closed off school for good.

Soon after the Expressionist periods, when Kandinsky was in Bauhaus school, he devoted himself to the geometric forms. This was during his search to modify the principles of abstract art.

Kandinsky published his book ‘Point and Line to Plane’, which is a Bauhaus book, in 1926. In this book, he attempted to create a grammar approach for form. He theorized that line and point are elements for music, too, in addition to being elements of painting.

Point and Line to Plane’

Kandinsky wrote, and we quote, “Most musical instruments are linear characters. The range of different musical instruments corresponds to the width of the line: flute, violin, and piccolo produce a very thin line”.

He looked upon musical scores as a combination of lines and points that communicated complex sounds in an uncomplicated way. He aimed to develop this simplicity in art. Kandinsky said, and we quote,” There is just one way – analytical separation of basic elements to reaching graphic expressions made by oneself.” These key elements are triangles, squares, and geometric circles, which heavily characterized the work of Kandinsky during his phase of Bauhaus.

Rejection from the Nazis

The Nazis told the Bauhaus School’s last director to fire Kandinsky because his mind-set was a threat to them. Thus, Kandinsky had to immigrate to Paris, where Marcel Duchamp, a good friend, arranged an apartment in the Neuilly-sur-Seine suburb.

Although the Nazis took away 57 pieces of work from Kandinsky because they found them degenerate, art lovers from around the globe traveled to Switzerland just to admire Kandinsky’s work. His handiwork was given much applause and acknowledgment in 1937 in an exhibition.

Rejection from the Nazis

Kandinsky, the expressionism master, died in 1944 on 13th December. He strongly emphasized abstract painting as the most complicated form of art.  He believed that abstract art requires one to draw, to be highly sensitive where color and composition are concerned, and also for one to be a real poet. The latter, he believed, is the most important.

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