Wassily Kandinsky

By Samantha Bonnell

Why was he famous?

He was famous for his painting. He created/invented Abstract Art.

Vasily, or Wassily for the English translation, was born on December 4,1866 in Moscow,Russia. His mother, Lidia Ticheeva, and father, Vasily Silvestrovich Kandinsky got divorced when Vasya was 5 and he went to go live with his Aunt Elizabeth. Wassily grew up reading books about math, science and history and played the piano. When he was older he became an educator and lawyer. He was most famous for his art, he created abstract art. When Wassily was young his aunt gave him a paint box, Wassily could hear the colors but his parents and his aunt didn't believe him. Wassily had a disease that wasn’t yet discovered. His disease was called synesthesia so he could hear colors and see sounds. They told him to stop acting so foolish. Wassily started to paint to the sound of the colors. He showed his aunt and his parents but they didn't understand his abstract art. Every proper Russian boy was a wonderful painter, so they sent him to weekly art classes where he painted boring things like flowers and rotting fruit. He was a natural painter. So he quit the classes and stopped painting for time. When he got older he started to paint again, he created the world of abstract art. After becoming a successful painter he died on December 13, 1944.

Early Life

When Wassily was 5 his mother, Lidia Ticheeva, and father, Vasily Silvestrovich Kandinsky got divorced and he went to go live with his Aunt Elizabeth. Wassily grew up reading books about math, science and history and played the piano. When Wassily was 7 he found out that he had a disease that wasn’t yet discovered. His disease was called synesthesia so he could hear colors and see sounds but Wassily didn't know that. He knew that he could hear the colors but didn't tell anyone until many years later. He painted to the sounds of the colors, deep blue circles, high yellow lines, singing red squares and the beating drums of the black outlines this was later called Abstract Art. He showed his aunt and his parents but they didn't understand his abstract art. Every proper Russian boy was a wonderful painter, so they sent him to weekly art classes where he painted boring things like flowers and rotting fruit and he was a natural. So he quit the classes and stopped painting for many years.

When Wassily was young he started to paint Abstract Art. This piece is called the elephant. This was painted when Wassily was older. He created this peice in 1908 along with many other pieces.

Interesting Facts

3 interesting facts about Wassily is...

That he was a teacher.

He also was a lawyer.

And his parents didn't support his Abstract Art and told him not to become a painter.

"Everything starts with a dot"~Wassily Kandinsky

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