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Wassily Kandinsky's Training and Inspiration
Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian artist. Born on December 16, 1866 he was known for creating masterpieces in abstract art. In fact, he is even said to be the creator of the first completely abstract piece of art in the world. Kandinsky was a late bloomer. He only started his study in paintings after spending three decades of life. He used to the professor of Roman Law in the University of Dorpat.
He left for Munich in 1896 and perused his studies in arts from the Anton Azbe’s Private Arts School and later went on to the Academy of Fine Arts to polish his skills. He was against the traditional and orthodox theories of art then prevalent in Moscow and settled in Germany to forward his artistic career in 1921. He finally made France his home and lived there to create some of his greatest pieces of work.
His unorthodox thinking and theories were what made him a great artist. He was also deeply inspired by psychology and used it extensively in his works to depict something or the other. This is the very reason why all of his worked, even though abstract, carried a deep meaning within themselves. One of the other most important inspirations for his work was color symbolism. He himself has stated that while he went on a trip to Vologda in Moscow, he was inspired by the colors used in the outer walls of a church. He felt that colors can be used in paintings to show different moods and emotions, which he later did as well. Hi work ‘Church of Ursula’ is also a depiction of this early influence.
He was also inspired by the paintings of Monet, Richard Wagner and John Varley. While he studied art on his own before getting admission in Academy of Fine Arts, he used to look at the works of these artists. He developed his own theories in art which surrounded a very spiritual expression in each of his works. His works were not only about sight, but they also involved the sense of touch, hearing and smell in those works which only makes them masterpieces. He used to teach at the Bahauas School of Art and Architecture before moving to France and that is the place where all these faculties developed in him. The most common factor to be seen in the paintings are dark backgrounds that are brought to life by very bright colors in the foreground.
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