Vasily Kandinsky

1866 Born in Moscow but grows up in Odessa.

1886 Attends Moscow University studying economics and law.

1892 Marries his cousin Anya Shemyakina (divorced 1911).

1896 Decides to become an artist; studies at an independent art school in Munich where he meets Alexei Jawlensky.

1900 Studies at the Akademie in Munich with Franz von Stuck.

1902 While teaching art in Munich he meets Gabriele Münter, one of his students, who becomes his lover.

1905 Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter are in Tunisia.

1906–7 They travel in France. Sees works by the Fauves and Gauguin. Kandinsky responds by introducing more brilliant colour into his paintings.

1909 Co-founder of the Neue Kunstlervereinigung München. Paints his first ‘Improvisation’. Moves towards abstraction.

1911 Completes On the Spiritual in Art. Kandinsky is instrumental, with Franz Marc, in the formation of Der Blaue Reiter group. First group exhibition at Galerie Thannhauser in Munich.

1912 Der Blaue Reiter Almanac, a seminal manifesto, edited and largely written by Kandinsky and Marc, is published. Second group exhibition.

1914 On the outbreak of the First World War Kandinsky is forced to leave Munich for Switzerland. Then stays in Sweden.

1917 Travels to Moscow. Meets and marries Nina von Andreyevskaya.

1919 Kandinsky becomes director of museums in Russia.

1921 Walter Gropius offers Kandinsky a professorship at the Bauhaus.

1925 Shares a house with Paul Klee who is also teaching at the Bauhaus.

1926 60th birthday exhibition of his work travels to several German cities.

1932 The Nazis force the closure of the Bauhaus.

1933 Kandinsky and his wife move to Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris.

1937 Kandinsky’s work is included in the Nazi exhibition of Degenerate Art.

1939 He is granted French citizenship.

1944 Dies in Neuilly-sur-Seine.


Country, Region or State:

France Germany Russia

Vasily Kandinsky - Selected Works

1904 In the Forest, Munich, Lenbachhaus

1908–9 Blue Mountain, New York, Guggenheim Museum

1909 Picture with an Archer, New York, MOMA

1910 Church in Murnau, Munich, Lenbachhaus

1909–1910 Sketch for Composition II, New York, Guggenheim Museum

1911 Cossacks, London, Tate

1912 Painting with the Black Arch, Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou

1912 Improvisation 28, New York, Guggenheim Museum

1912 With the Black Bow, Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou

1912 Landscape with Two Poplars, Chicago, Art Institute

1912 Improvisation 26 (Oars), Munich, Lenbachhaus

1913 Composition VI , St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

1913 Black Lines, New York, Guggenheim Museum

1913 Small Pleasures, New York, Guggenheim Museum

1913 Composition VII, Moscow, Tretyakov Gallery

1914 Painting with Red Dot, Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou

1920 White Stroke , Cologne, Museum Ludwig

1923 In the Black Square, New York, Guggenheim Museum

1925 Yellow-Red-Blue, Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou

1926 Several Circles, New York, Guggenheim Museum

1929 Upward , Venice, Peggy Guggenheim Collection

1935 Composition LX, Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou

1936 Dominant Curve , New York, Guggenheim Museum

1939 Composition X, Düsseldorf, Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

1940 Sky Blue , Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou

1941 Various Actions, New York, Guggenheim Museum

Vasily Kandinsky - Featured Paintings

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