Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was born in Moscow, he travelled widely, settling in Munich in 1896. He was joint originator of the Expressionist Blaue Reiter movement (1911-1912), named after a painting of his.
For some years he taught at the Bauhaus school of modem design, then, in 1933, setded in Paris.
Kandinsky originally experimented with Post-Impressionist styles and Fauvism. From around 1910 he produced the first known examples of purely abstract work in 20th-century art.
His highly colored style had few imitators, but his theories on composition, Concerning the Spiritual in Art in 1912, were taken up by the early abstract movement.
Why is Wassily Kandinsky famous?
Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter, a pioneer of abstract art.