Black Accompaniment (1924) Vassily Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting the first purely abstract works. He taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until the Nazis closed it in 1933. Geometrical elements took on increasing importance in both his teaching and painting—particularly the circle, half-circle, the angle, straight lines and curves. This period was intensely productive.
By Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), 1909, Studie für Improvisation 8, oil on card.
Kandinsky from MoMA's "Inventing Abstraction" exhibit
Vassily Kandinsky French, born Russia, 1866–1944 Improvisation No. 30 (Cannons), 1913