Kandinsky, Wassily

Date/place of birth

1866 Moscow

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After graduating in law and economics at the University of Moscow (1885-1893), Kandinsky moved to Munich in 1896 and devoted himself entirely to painting. At Anton Ažbe's School of Art he met, among others, Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin. Kandinsky's early works were closely associated with Russian folk art, yet they also contained elements of Art Nouveau and Symbolism. In Munich Kandinsky co-founded the artists' group “Phalanx”. One of his students at the associated college was Gabriele Münter. Kandinsky and Münter lived in Paris from May 1906 to June 1907 where they had contact with Matisse and other Fauvist painters. Back in Munich, in 1919, Kandinsky and Münter founded the “Neue Künstlervereinigung München” together with Jawlensky, Werefkin and other artists. In 1911 he created the first painting described by him as non-representational – a step which made him a pioneer of Absolute Painting and one of the most important 20th-century artists. He had already anticipated this step in a detailed theoretical discourse, of which he produced and published a paper entitled “Über das Geistige in der Kunst“ (Concerning the Spiritual in Art), published in 1912. In the same year he and his friend Franz Marc founded the legendary artists' group “Der Blaue Reiter”. Kandinsky spent the First World War in Moscow, but returned to Germany in 1921 and lectured at the Bauhaus in Weimar from 1922 to 1933, when he immigrated to Paris. In 1924 Kandinsky, Klee, Feininger and von Jawlensky founded the “Blaue Vier”. Kandinsky's primary aim as a painter was to achieve liberation from representational constraints and to move towards absolute painting where colours and shapes alone are used as expressions of the soul and its emotions. His tendency towards the spiritual and mystical, which had originated in Russian folk art, is in contrast to his painterly endeavour to follow specific principles. From about 1920, through the influence of Russian Constructivism, Kandinsky's shapes and compositions gained in geometrical solidity – a tendency which became even stronger during his Bauhaus period. In his later compositions the artist occasionally also presented biomorphous structures to counterbalance his geometrical shapes. In 1926 he summarised his Bauhaus theory of form in a text entitled “Punkt und Linie zu Fläche” (Point and Line to Plane). Kandinsky also wrote numerous other publications in which he commented on modern art and abstraction in general.

Wassily Kandinsky Prices

Artist Artwork Price
Wassily Kandinsky Kornhausten (Murnau, Herbst) €499.800
Wassily Kandinsky La forme tournée €210.800
Wassily Kandinsky Tendances Tranquilles €76.160
Wassily Kandinsky Zwei Spiralen €61.000
Wassily Kandinsky Ohne Titel €54.560
Wassily Kandinsky Fröhlicher Aufstieg €37.760

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