Birthday wished to Vassily Kandinsky (16 December [O.S. 4 December] 1866 – 13 December 1944)! Never heard of him? That’s okay! He was highly influential in the art world, but not just as an artist, but how we view art.
Kandinky’s creations were mostly abstract and matured as he did. He called this changing cycle inner necessity, and it was the cornerstone of his artwork.
Vassily Kandinsy was born on December 16, 1866, and was a very influential Russian painter and art theorist. He studied law and economics at the University of Moscow and was a professor at the University of Dorpat.
At the age of 30, Kandinsky gave up a very promising career as a professor to enroll in art school in Munich. Though he didn’t get into the schools that he had hoped to, he began learning art on his own. He was very inspired by Monet (Oh, who wasn’t?)
In terms of his theories, he is noted for stating that “music is the ultimate teacher.” It is plain to see in the variations of his creations that he was highly inspired by music.
He wrote extensively on many aspects of art, often in a spiritual context, but also of the basic geometrical elements of painting, what he called the point and line to plane. A point is a small bit of color put by the artist on the canvas, and a line is an application of given direction (there were classified as straight, angular, or curved).
Though you may not have heard of Kandinsky before, it’s important to recognize the significance he had as both an abstract painter and as theorist; his theories in particular revolutionized the way that we look at art. Thanks Vassily! Happy Birthday!
By Maki Kern