New Delhi: Internet search giant Google on Tuesday celebrated Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky’s 148th birthday with one of its trademark doodles.
Celebrating the life of the painter, the doodle that appears on the homepage of the Google, indicates Kandinsky’s own distinct abstract style.
The Russian artist, who is credited with being the first painter to produce purely abstract works, used colour as an expression of emotion.
Kandinsky, who was born in Moscow in 1866, spent his childhood in Odessa.
He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics. He then became a professor at the same law department. But later in life, he would recall being fascinated and stimulated by colour as a child.
At the age of 30, Kandinsky gave up a promising career teaching law and economics to enroll in art school in Munich.
It is believed that his decision to become an artist was influenced by a visit to French Impressionist exhibition in Moscow in 1895. He was particularly taken with the impressionistic style of Haystacks; this, to him, had a powerful sense of colour almost independent of the objects themselves.
Kandinsky settled in Munich in 1896, studying first at Anton Ažbe's private school and then at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1914, he returned to Moscow after the outbreak of World War I.
As he was unsympathetic to the official theories on art in Communist Moscow, But he went back to to Germany in 1921 where he taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933.
He then moved to France and became a French citizen in 1939, producing some of his most prominent art. Kandinsky died at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1944.