Modern & Postwar Artists

Wassily Kandinsky

1866 - 1944

An early champion of abstract painting, Wassily Kandinsky is known for his lyrical style and innovative theories on nonfigurative art.

In his 1910 treatise Concerning the Spiritual In Art, Kandinsky made famous his belief that abstract colours and forms can be used to express the “inner life” of the artist. Kandinsky taught this and other lessons at the Bauhaus, the historic Weimar institution that brought together artists including Albers, Maholy-Nagy, and Mondrian, amongst others. In 1911 Kandinsky played a central role in organizing Der Blaue Reiter.