WASSILY KANDINSKY

Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, the father of abstract art and the founder of pure abstraction, became a prominent 20th century avant-garde leader. However, he didn’t fully commit to art until he was 30. Growing up, he trained in music, which affected how he later perceived art and approached color. He studied law, graduated, and found a job as an educator while managing an art-printing job on the side. Upon witnessing a nonrepresentational Monet collection, he became obsessed and abandoned law to devote himself to art. He went back to school to study art, but his studies were more self-directed, and he focused on the relationship between music and color. He established a unique, nonrepresentational style that would define abstract art for years to come.

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