Born: December 4, 1866, Moscow Died: December 13, 1944
Kandinsky is credited with painting the first modern abstract works. His creation of abstract work followed a long period of development and maturation of intense theoretical thought based on his personal artistic experiences. He called this a devotion to inner beauty, fervor of spirit, and deep spiritual desire inner necessity. In 1896, Kandinsky was deeply affected by the paintings of the now famous Haystacks by Monet that had a powerful sense of color that was independent of the objects themselves. His work later also seemed to be influenced by pointillism. Later in his career, his work evolved into lyrical, spiritual, geometrical abstraction greatly reflective of the Bauhaus movement in which he was involved.
Selected Collections: Art Institute of Chicago Dallas Museum of Art, Texas Guggenheim Museum, New York City Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Modern Art, New York City The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice