List of Artists → Wassily W. Kandinsky
Russian-German-French painter, graphic artist a. writer, one of the most important avantgarde artists. He studied law in Moscow before moving to Munich in 1897 where he studied among others at the academy under F. von Stuck a. met Gabriele Münter. Since 1902 he exhibited at the Berlin secession a. at the Paris Salon. After meeting A. von Jawlensky a. M. Werefkin he developed his style to expressionism. In 1911 he founded the artists group 'Der Blaue Reiter' with F. Marc in Munich. During WW I he worked in Moscow, in 1922 he accepted a professorship at the Weimar Bauhaus. In 1933 he moved to France to escape the Nazis who defamed his art as 'degenerate'. K. is considered to be the creator of the first completely abstract painting; posthumously he was exhibited among others at the Documenta I to III. Mus.: New York (Guggenheim), Paris (Louvre, Centre Pompidou), Munich (Lenbachhaus), Essen (Folkwang-Mus.) a. others. Lit.: Thieme-Becker, Vollmer, Bénézit a. others.