Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), a Russian painter and art theorist, pioneered abstract art. Originally a lawyer, he shifted to art in Munich, where he joined the avant-garde Phalanx group. Influenced by Fauvism and Cubism, Kandinsky's distinctive style emerged, leading to some of the first purely abstract paintings. In 1911, his influential book "Concerning the Spiritual in Art" explored the spiritual dimensions of art. He played a key role in the Bauhaus movement and settled in France during World War II. Kandinsky's legacy is defined by his innovative use of color and form, influencing modern art theories and leaving a lasting impact on abstract expressionism.