Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky - (1866 - 1944) was a Russian painter, and art theorist. He is credited with painting the first modern abstract works. Kandinsky was born in Moscow and spent his childhood in Odessa. He enrolled at the University of Moscow and chose to study law and economics. Quite successful in his profession he was offered a professorship at the University of Dorpat. Kandinsky started painting studies at the age of 30. In 1896, he settled in Munich and studied first in the private school of Anton Azbe and then at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. He went back to Moscow in 1914, after World War I started. He was unsympathetic to the official theories on art in Moscow and returned to Germany in 1921. There, he taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933. He then moved to France where he lived the rest of his life, and became a French citizen in 1939.
"Colour is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically." Wassily Kandinsky