The Russian abstract artist was born in Moscow and studied a variety of subjects, including business and law. At the age of 30, Kandinsky left a job lecturing on law and business to attend the Munich Academy, where his tutors included Franz von Stuck.
In 1908, he purchased a copy of Charles Webster Leadbeater and Annie Besant’s Thought-Forms. He entered the Theosophical Society in 1909. At this period, he produced The Blue Mountain (1909), illustrating his move toward abstractions.
The Blue Rider (1903), depicting a shrouded man on a racing horse riding over a rocky landscape, was one of his most important works from the first decade of the 20th century. The rider’s cape is a moderate blue.
He accepted all creative trends of his period and forebears, such as Art Nouveau, Fauvism and the Blue Rider, Surrealism, and the Bauhaus, only to evolve closer to abstractionism as he studied spirituality in the artwork.
Kandinsky began the first seven of his 10 compositions, writing that “music is the supreme instructor.” Captivated by the concept of a New Age, doomsday is a frequent topic in Kandinsky’s first seven creations.