One of the founders of abstract art, Wassily Kandinsky was almost thirty before he devoted himself to painting. Born in Moscow, he studied law but in the 1890s gave up his career and went to Munich to study art. In 1911, with Paul Klee, he founded the Blaue Reiter group, the new abstract school in Munich.
Kandinsky was forced to return to Russia during World War I; prior to leaving Russia for Germany again in 1921, he founded the Academy of Artistic Sciences. In 1922 he joined the Bauhaus group at Weimar where he was to develop his distinct geometric style.
Although he was closely aligned with such Russian constructivists as El Lissitzky, Kandinsky showed a more romantic, less rigid approach to composition. In 1933, when Hitler closed the Bauhaus, Kandinsky fled Germany and went to Paris.
His graphic oeuvre consists of etchings, woodcuts, and lithographs, but it is the lithographs which most successfully complete the translation of his concepts.