W.Flemming is a graphic artist, designer and a freelance illustrator, now based in Manchester, UK. She work in a variety of styles, combining traditional methods with the latest digital applications, mainly drawing by hand.
The Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky was born on 4 December 1866 in Moscow as the son of a tea merchant. From 1885 he studied law and economics, but became more and more interested in art and painting. Four years after his dissertation and inspired by a French Impressionist exhibition, Kandinsky decided to study painting in Munich in 1892. With his lover and later wife, the painter Gabriele Münter, he undertook numerous study trips, which contributed greatly to his artistic development. He founded various artist associations, among them the Blaue Reiter in Munich in 1911 together with Franz Marc.
Today Kandinsky is regarded as one of the most important Expressionists, although he himself turned his back on this style after initial enthusiasm - especially for Paul Cezanne or Henri Matisse. In technique and brushstrokes, his lines and coloured dots caught the eye, giving his landscape paintings, which were often rich in contrasts, their own special touch.
In 1922 Kandinsky was called as a teacher to the Bauhaus in Weimar, where he belonged to one of the most important and influential teachers. During his almost eleven years at school, he developed his ideas on art theory further and taught them to his students in class. For three years he led the workshop for mural painting and taught in the preliminary course "Abstract Form Elements" and "Analytical Drawing". Later, from 1926/27, he also taught free painting.
During his time at the Bauhaus, Kandinsky primarily worked with geometric forms - compasses, triangles as well as lines and dots were in the foreground and form dominated colour. In French exile he then began to combine his Bauhaus insights with the intuitive style of his early years - but always remained true to the abstract style.