Wassily Kandinsky: the inventor of abstract art!

Published on : 15 April 20213 min reading time
There are multiple artistic movements that have specific inspirations, inventors and characteristics. You have certainly heard of impressionism, realism, abstract art, etc. However, you have to spend a minimum of time to discover the stories and values they convey. Wassily Kandinsky is one of these artists, inventors of abstract art.

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Born in 1866 in Russia, Wassily Kandinsky is of Russian nationality. He spent a large part of his life in Germany before moving to France at the beginning of the Second World War. Before he met his passion for painting, he was studying law. His decision to start painting came when he saw an impressionist painting by Claude Monet during an art exhibition in 1895 in the Russian capital. He died in 1944 in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

A title of inventor of abstract art

Wassily Kandinsky is considered the inventor of abstract art. For this reason, his painting “a watercolor” done in 1910 would be the first of its kind. This date is nevertheless a victim of controversy when historians put forward arguments pushing it back to 1913. The analysis of Kandinsky’s abstract painting confirmed the 1910 date when one looks closely at the stroke styles and the formats of the motifs on this watercolor. The controversy was also caused by the late inscription of the work in Kandinsky’s register. In any case, the artist’s name appears in the list of founders of abstract art.

A starting point for abstract art

The inspiration for Kandinsky’s abstract art came from chance and observation. At the time, he was living in Munich. As he walked into his home, the splendor of the setting sun washed over his eyes as he opened the door and led him to the creation of an abstract canvas. He was amazed by the mix of colors and shapes without the presentation of any subject. The development of his idea was completed by his observation of a picture turned on its side when displayed on the wall. In the following days, Kandinsky repeated the experiment and came to a conclusion: the presence of an object only detracts from his paintings. From there Kandinsky’s abstract art took off, in which he emphasized the abstraction that is in opposition to reality. Since then, he has concentrated on the inner beauties, and has broken away from reality and concreteness.

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