Wassily Kandinsky

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Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky is generally regarded as an originator of abstract painting and one of the most important innovators in modern art, both as an artist and as a theorist. He began painting at the age of 30 after training as a lawyer in Moscow. His talent quickly tested the constraints of art school, and he began exploring his own ideas. Beginning in 1903, his work was exhibited throughout Europe and often caused controversy among the public, critics and his contemporaries. Kandinsky's quest for new forms produced works of many styles. His earlier works, both abstract and figurative, are characterized by an abundance of colors and complex patterns. In the 1920s, his work took him to the extremes of geometric abstraction. In very late works, Kandinsky blended the free, intuitive image of his earlier years with these geometric forms to create a balanced style.

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