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Composition X by Kandinsky

Kandinsky, a Russian painter born in 1866, was known for being one of the first abstract artists in the Western world. Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow on December 16, 1866, to a wealthy family of businessmen. His parents had always seen him as a future lawyer, and he went to the Law Faculty of Moscow University. He graduated with multiple honors and later became a successful professor. However, in 1996, he quit his professor position and made art his full-time job. He left for Munich to attend Anton Azbe’s prestigious art school. In 1901, he founded Phalanx's art group and started his school in Munich. Then, in 1909, he again co-founded The New Group of Artists and many others in the future.

Wassily Kandinsky genuinely believed music was the most abstract art of all, and his paintings would all have their sounds. “Color is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords,” he said. “The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.”

Composition X, an oil painting created in 1939, is one of his most famous pieces of art. In this painting, you see many colors and life in darkness. Biomorphic figures of Surrealism inspired the shapes, and the colors expressed Kandinsky’s feelings at the time. The darkness reflects the end of life and helps the colors stand out more. The painting can be interpreted as the circle of life and how you should cherish the ups, even the downs.

Painting was highly spiritual to Kandinsky. He used it to show his spirituality and the depth of people’s emotions. Many people today still believe that abstract art can’t have a meaning, but Kandinsky’s art proves otherwise. The shapes and colors that may seem random all have thought behind them.

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