“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colours, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.”
Today we are celebrating the colourful, deep and impressive art of one the world’s most important abstract painters, Wassily Kandinsky. Born in Russia on 4 December 1866, Kandinsky lived in a time where modernity and its consequences were questioned, inspiring artists in Europe to criticise the lack of spirituality and the values of the modern Western society of the late 19th century.
Kandinsky studied painting only at the age of 30 after giving up a successful career as a professor of economics and law. It was also at the art school that he began to develop and write his famous theories about art. Later he was also acclaimed as a great art theorist. His writings generated huge impact on the history of art.
“Colour is a means of exerting direct influence of the soul”.
Kandinsky believed that colour, composition, forms and lines could be used in paintings not only to describe an object but also to bring new levels of meaning and expression. He was fascinated by music and for years developed and studied how to express his inner experiences activated by the sound of the melody through his paintings.
Kandinsky’s work became very popular in the 20th century. Today exhibitions of his paintings draw an incredible amount of people to museums and art galleries. If you are curious about Kandinsky and his art, browse through our extensive collections and find out more.