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Wassily Kandinsky


Name
Wassily Kandinsky
Birth Year
1866
Death Year
1944
Country
Russia
Movement
Expressionism

Wassily Kandinsky Biography

Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow into a merchant family. In 1871 the family moved to Odessa, where his parents soon divorced. The boy was looked after by his aunt. In Odessa Kandinsky studied in a classical gymnasium and had private lessons in music, drawing and painting. In 1886 he returned to Moscow to begin studying law and economics at the Moscow University. While a student, in 1889, he got commissioned by the "Society for Natural Science, Ethnography and Anthropology" to go on a research expedition to Vologda. The strong folk art of northern Russia made a lasting impression on him, and the results of his trip made an impression on the Society, which chose him their member. In 1892 Kandinsky got his Law degree. He became a lecturer at the Moscow University, and married his cousin Anna (Anya) Chimiakina. He pursued his academic career but at the same time paid more and more attention to art. Thus in 1895 he took the post of art director of a publishing house in Moscow.


Wassily Kandinsky 82 Most Important Paintings and Artworks

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Poster for the First Phalanx Exhibition.
    Poster For The First Phalanx Exhibition.

    1901. Color lithograph on paper. 47.3 x 60.3 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Old Town II.
    Old Town Ii.

    1902. Oil on canvas. 52 x 78.5 cm. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Farewell (Large Version).
    Farewell (Large Version).

    1903. Color woodcut, rwo blocks. 31.2 x 31.2 cm. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. The Golden Sail.
    The Golden Sail.

    1903. Color woodcut, two blocks, gold and stencil, third state. 12.7 x 29.7 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. The Blue Rider.
    The Blue Rider.

    1903. Oil on canvas. 55 x 65 cm. Private collection.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. The Singer.
    The Singer.

    1903. Colored woodcut, three blocks in secondstate. 19.5 x 14.5 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Gabriele Münter Painting in Kallmünz.
    Gabriele Münter Painting In Kallmünz.

    1903. Oil on canvas. 58.5 x 58.5 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. In the Forest.
    In The Forest.

    1904. Mixed media on panel. 26 x 19.8 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Beach Baskets in Holland.
    Beach Baskets In Holland.

    1904. Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard. 24 x 32.6 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Gabriele Münter.
    Gabriele Münter.

    1905. Oil on canvas. 45 x 45 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Couple Riding.
    Couple Riding.

    1906. Oil on canvas. 55 x 50.5 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Volga Song.
    Volga Song.

    1906. Tempera on cardboard. 49 x 66 cm. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Colorful Life.
    Colorful Life.

    1907. Tempera on canvas. 130 x 162.5 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Munich-Schwabing with the Church of St. Ursula.
    Munich-Schwabing With The Church Of St. Ursula.

    1908. Oil on cardboard. 68.8 x 49 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. The Blue Mountain.
    The Blue Mountain.

    1908/09. Oil on canvas. 106 x 96.6 cm. The Solomon R. Guggebheim Museum, New York, NY, USA.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Arabs I (Cemetry).
    Arabs I (Cemetry).

    1909. Oil on card. 71.5 x 98 cm. Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Cemetery and Vicarage in Kochel.
    Cemetery And Vicarage In Kochel.

    1909. Oil on cardboard. 44.4 x 32.7 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Interior (My Dining Room).
    Interior (My Dining Room).

    1909. Oil on cardboard. 50 x 65 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Grüngasse in Murnau.
    Grüngasse In Murnau.

    1909. Oil on canvas. 33 x 44.6 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

  • Wassily Kandinsky. Murnau-View with Railroad and Castle.
    Murnau-View With Railroad And Castle.

    1909. Oil on cardboard. 36 x 49 cm. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany.

Wassily Kandinsky Bibliography

Concerning Spiritual in Art. By W. Kandinsky. Leningrad. 1990.

Wassily Kandinsky. By D. Sarabyanov and N. Avtonomova. Moscow. 1994.

Art of Russia. XX century. By Nonna Stepanyan. Moscow. 1999.

Kandinsky, Complete Writings on Art by Wassily Kandinsky, Kenneth Clement Lindsay, Peter Vergo (Editor). DaCapo Press, 1994.

Kandinsky (Masters of Art) by Thomas M. Messer. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1997.

Wassily Kandinsky 1866-1944: A Revolution in Painting (Basic Art) by Hajo Duchting (Editor). TASCHEN America Llc, 2000.

Vasily Kandinsky (Great Painters Series) by Mikhail Guerman. Parkstone Press, 1998.

Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Munter: Letters and Reminiscences 1902-1914 by Wassily Kandinsky, Annegret Hoberg, Gabriele Munter. Prestel USA, 2001.

Kandinsky: Watercolours and Other Works on Paper by Frank Whitford, Wassily Kandinsky. Thames & Hudson, 1999.