Kandinsky is generally credited as one of the pioneers of abstraction in western art, possibly after Hilma af Klint.  Born in Moscow, he spent his childhood in Odesa, where he graduated at Grekov Odesa Art school. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics.
Wassily Kandinsky, Russian in full Vasily Vasilyevich Kandinsky, (born December 4 [December 16, New Style], 1866, Moscow, Russia—died December 13, 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France), Russian-born artist, one of the first creators of pure abstraction in modern painting.
Russian-born Wassily Kandinsky pioneered abstract art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His unique perspective on the form and function of art emphasized the synthesis of the visual and the auditory. He heard sounds as color, and this unusual perception was a guiding force in the development of his artistic style.
Wassily Kandinsky was born on December, 16th (4), 1866 in Moscow, in a well-to-do family of a businessman in a good cultural environment. In 1871 the family moved to Odessa where his father ran his tea factory.
Wassily Kandinsky Russian Painter Born: December 4, 1866 - Moscow, Russia Died: December 13, 1944 - Neuilly-sur-Seine, France Expressionism Bauhaus Der Blaue Reiter Abstract Art Wassily Kandinsky Summary Accomplishments Important Art Biography Influences and Connections Useful Resources Similar Art and Related Pages
- December 4, 1866
- Moscow, Russia
- December 13, 1944
The creator of the first modern abstract paintings, Wassily Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. In his youth, he studied law and economics at the University of Moscow, and was later hired as a professor of Roman law at the University of Dorpat in Estonia.