Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa.
Kandinsky combined in himself Eastern and Western strains. His father’s family came from Siberia and one of his ancestors was an Asiatic princess. As a child he was dazzled by the colors of nature. He studied music, law, economics and ethnography, and only after a thorough grounding in each of these disciplines did he decide to become a painter.
In the year of 1886 he went to Moscow and entered Law Faculty of Moscow University. Graduating with honors, six years later Wassily married his cousin, Anna Chimyakina.
Wassily Kandinsky was one of the major innovators of Modern art. His work, particularly from his Blaue Reiter phase, played a large role in forming the philosophic foundation for Abstract Expressionist artist
He died at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1944.