Place of Birth: Moscow
Son of Lidia Ticheeva and Vasily Silvestrovich Kandinsky; a tea merchant
Attending a classical grammar school: he learned to play the piano and the cello and took to drawing with a coach.
"I remember that drawing and a little bit later painting lifted me out of the reality"
"each color lives by its mysterious life"
Entered Law Faculty of Moscow University.
Graduating with honors: six years later Wassily married his cousin, Anna Chimyakina.
In 1893 he became an Associate Professor of Law Faculty and continued teaching. In 1896 at Derpt University in Tartu, at 30 years old Kandinsky was appointed Professor to the Department of Law HOWEVERbut at this particular time he decided to give up a successful career to devote himself completely to painting.
He divorces his wife. The following five years he with his "acquaintance" Gabriela travelled across Europe.
The argument that creativity exists outside of the conscious mind. And outside of our ability to articulate it in language
He makes an argument for a picture that will no longer be a picture of something
He wants a type of art that will not be expressible through words
When the World War began Kandinsky was compelled to leave Germany.
Kandinsky moved back to Moscow in 1914 after the beginning of the war but the traditionalist understanding of art in Russia did not appeal to him, so he returned to Germany in 1921 where he undertook a teaching career at the Bauhaus School of Art. In 1933 the school was closed by the Nazis and he moved to France where he spent the last five years of his life.
Place of Death: Neuilly-sur-Seine
Has an emotional shock he experienced from K. Monet's, "Haystacks"
at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
devote himself completely to painting.
Kandinsky entered the Munich Academy of Arts, and studied under Franz Stuck
an art group, in Munich and started a school, in which he taught himself
being engaged in painting and participating in exhibitions.
He co-forms The New Group of Artists (Neue Kunstlervereinigung)
this changes his view of art and inspires him to make Impression III (Concert)
Der Blaue Reiter lacked an artistic manifesto, the origin of the name is simply what kandinsky and marc liked.
Within the group, artistic approaches and aims varied from artist to artist; however, the artists shared a common desire to express spiritual truths through their art.
They believed in the promotion of modern art; the connection between visual art and music; the spiritual and symbolic associations of colour; and a spontaneous, intuitive approach to painting.
Members were interested in European medieval art and primitivism, as well as the contemporary, non-figurative art scene in France. As a result of their encounters with cubist, fauvist and Rayonist ideas, they moved towards abstraction.
During these crisis years of revolution Kandinsky alternated among half-abstract idiom, Impressionist landscapes and romantic fantasies
In his abstract pictures geometrization of separate elements became stronger, the reason for that is, first, the proper process of simplification, and, secondly - the Avant-Garde artistic atmosphere of Moscow of that time.
First Published Work
It was the beginning of the stage of intensive and fruitful search. The works of those years were basically landscapes, based on color discords. The play of color spots and lines was gradually superseding images of reality
Vasily Kandinsky’s use of the horse-and-rider motif symbolized his crusade against conventional aesthetic values and his dream of a better, more spiritual future through the transformative powers of art. The rider is featured in many woodcuts, temperas, and oils, from its first appearance in the artist’s folk-inspired paintings
In that year his style became increasingly abstract and expressionistic and his thematic concerns shifted from the portrayal of natural events to apocalyptic narratives.
"A circle, which I use recently so often, could not be called otherwise but romantic. And the present day romanticism is essentially deeper, more beautiful, more substantial and more salutary - it is a piece of ice, in which fire is burning. And if people feel only cold and do not feel fire - so much the worse for them..."