Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky
Kandinsky Signature

“Abstract art places a new world, which on the surface has nothing to do with 'reality,' next to the 'real' world. Deeper down, it is subject to the common laws of the 'cosmic world.' And so a 'new world of art' is juxtaposed to the 'world of nature.' This 'world of art' is just as real, just as concrete. For this reason I prefer to call so-called 'abstract' art 'concrete' art.”

— Wassily Kandinsky

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Wassily Kandinsky - Schweres Rot

Schweres Rot

by Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky

Russian Painter, 1866 - 1944

Wassily Kandinsky was born in Russia but early in his art career he associated himself with the German Expressionists and later the avant-garde of Paris. Kandinsky experiemented with a new kind of art which had no literal subject at all, but was instead, an abstraction of colors and shapes.

Kandinsky observed that colors and shapes had their own rhythm, "weight" or importance in a painting. He wove these shapes and colors into compositions as valid, and with as much emotional power, as music. In fact, Kandinsky used the metaphor of music in his art, often naming his paintings "Improvisations" and "Compositions."

At the age of thirty, Kandinsky left a career as a teacher at the Moscow Faculty of Law, and moved to Munich to study art.

“First by the artist is heard his voice, the voice that is inaudible to the crowd. Almost unknowingly the artist follows the call.”

— Wassily Kandinsky

From 1903 onwards, Kandinsky's art was exhibited throughout Europe and caused great controversy among art critics, the public and his fellow artists. Kandinsky participated in several of the most influential art movements of the 20th century, including the Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) and the Bahaus movements.

Wassily Kandinsky - Dominant Curve

Dominant Curve

by Wassily Kandinsky

The artists of the Blue Rider group believed in the birth of a new spiritual epoch and believed in the creation of symbols within their art. Franz Marc was also a founder of the Blue Rider group along with other German expressionists. The Blue Rider group shared a belief that art's purpose is to express and serve the spiritual, rather than merely describe the material world.

Kandinsky believed that every art form has an inner purpose of moving and refining the human soul. For Kandinsky, art was a condensed portrayal of spiritual values.

Wassily Kandinsky is considered to be the founder of abstract art because his perseverance in the pursuit of new forms of expression carried him to the extremes of geometric abstraction.

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Man on Horse

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Harmonie Tranquille

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