To create work of art is to create
( W. Kandinsky )
Wassily Kandinskywas one of the first that presented a picture as abstract art, the name was “Composition II“(1910).
Kandinsky (1866-1944) was born in Moscow to prosperous parents. He learned to play the piano and cello very early. He was good to draw and learned several languages. His parents took him on holidays to Italy, Greek and Asia. When he was 5 years old the family moved to Ukraine and short after his parents separate and his mother left the family. He stayed with an aunt where he grew up. He never forgot Moscow and when he was 20 he went back to study law and economy. Some years later he married his cousin as he met in the university, but the marriage was not about love, but friendship.28 years old he went on a journey to North Russia which come to change his whole life. The light, the colours and the people made such an impression that he turned down a professor job in the university as he was offered, instead he moved to Munich to study art at the Academy of Fine Art. Here hemet Paul Klee, who become a close friend. Together with Franz Marc they gave out the magazine “Der Blaue Reiter” where they explain abstract art and the theory behind it.
When the war started in 1914 Kandinsky went home to Russia and got to know other Russian artists, cubism and constructivism and the art world in Moscow at that time. He also met his second wife.
After the revolution it became more difficult to work as an artist in Russia and many left the country, also Kandinsky. He went to Germany and got a job in Bauhaus as a teacher. Here he worked together with Paul Klee, Walter Gropius and Maholy- Nagy.
When Hitler started to make the life in Bauhaus hard, since there where several Russian artists there, he moved to France and settled there together with his wife. He died in 1944.
Kandinsky is known as one of the first artists that made an abstract painting, for his writing about abstract art and for his beautiful pure colours. He wanted to have spirituality in art and his connection to music was important to him.
Many of his pictures have name taken from music and he was a competent musician himself, playing both cello and piano.
“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demand that you know how to draw well, that you have aheightened sensibility for composition and for colours, and that you be a true poet.