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Wassily Kandinsky

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Birthday
16, 1866
Birthplace
Moscow, Russia
Death Date
Dec 13, 1944 (77)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
16, 1866
Birthplace
Moscow, Russia
Death Date
Dec 13, 1944 (77)

About

Russian abstract painter whose best known geometric-form works included "On White II" and "Composition X." His famed Blue Rider Period lasted from 1911 until 1914.

Before Fame

He studied law and economics at the University of Moscow. His travels around the Vologda region of Russia profoundly influenced his art. He started studying painting seriously at age 30, focusing on life-drawing, sketching, and anatomy.

Trivia

He was the first artist to paint purely abstract works.

Family Life

He was born to tea merchant Vasily Silvestrovich Kandinsky. He was married to Anna Chimiakina from 1892 to 1911 and Nina Andreievskaya from 1917 to 1944. He had a son named Vsevolod.

Associated With

He attended an exhibit of Claude Monet's work and was deeply impressed by the Impressionist artist's style, especially Monet's "Haystacks" painting.