Monday, December 20, 2004
Kandinski went to Germany at the age of 30 and became one of the first creators of pure abstraction in modern painting. After successful avant-garde exhibitions, he founded the influential Munich group 'Der Blaue Reiter' (The Blue Rider) and began completely abstract painting.
Until about 1920, he used bright, pure colors and free, spontaneous line and form. Later he began to paint carefully calculated compositions of geometric shapes. He maintained that the observer of his paintings ought to look at them as representation of mood rather than objects.