Picture: Odessa Opera Theatre
Kandinsky was born in Moscow and spent most of his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated at Grekov Odessa Art School. He enrolled at University of Moscow, studying law and economics. Successful in his profession, he was offered a professorship at the University of Dorpat.
He began to paint at the age of 30.
Picture: City of Munich
In 1896, Kandinsky settled in Munich, studying first at Anton Ažbe's private school and then at the Academy of Fine Arts. He returned to Moscow in 1914, after the outbreak of world war 1. He was unsympathetic to the official theories on art in Communist Moscow and decided to return 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 became a French citizen and lived there for the rest of his life. There, he also produced some of his most amazing art pieces. He died at Neuilly-sue-Seine in 1944.