Wassily Kandinski

Artist of the Month

1. Read this:

Russian Born Artist

Major themes include:

Horse and Rider
Apocalypse
Landscape
Music
Geometry
Scientific Imagery


Kandinsky was especially interested in color, even as a child. Beginning in his earlier, more realistic paintings, Kandinsky used color to show emotion rather than to make objects look real. As he grew as an artist, Kandinsky became more concerned with the power of color in describing what he was feeling. He wanted to use color to make his viewers feel emotion, too.

Gradually, Kandinsky became more abstract. He began to paint objects as patches of color instead of painting perfect details such as facial features or individual leaves on trees. Kandinsky had studied the human body and knew how to paint people well; however he liked the abstract more than the realistic. As he grew as an artist, his figures became less realistic until the viewer could no longer identify known objects in his paintings.

2. Quotes (read to a friend)

“Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and…stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to “walk about” into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?”


"Everything starts from a dot. ”


"The more frightening the world becomes ... the more art becomes abstract. ”


"Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential."

3. View Paintings

4. Ask questions a friend the following questions:

--Which painting is your favorite?
  • How does it make you feel?
  • How was the artist feeling when they made it?
  • What colours can you see?
  • How do the colours make you feel?
  • How do you think Kandinsky made this artwork?
  • How many circles can you count?

5. Watch the 3 videos below

THE KANDINSKY EFFECT
Seasons In Kandinsky

6. Practice Saying his name: Wassily Kandinsky

How do you pronounce his name??

Click on this link to listen to his name: http://inogolo.com/pronunciation/d1404/Wassiliy_Kandinsky

7. Click on this link to see a slide show: