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WHAT TO COLLECT # 126. Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky – “A Late Bloomer”

Considered to be the father of abstract art, Wassily Kandinsky was what might be considered  “a late bloomer” concerning his art. Born to a family of musicians, he learned to play the piano and cello. When he was 20 years old he chose to study law and economics and attended the University of Moscow where he lectured and also wrote about spirituality. At the age of 30, Kandinsky left Moscow and went to Munich to study life-drawing, sketching and anatomy. At the age of 37 (which was at one time considered “middle aged”) he had his first exhibition. The artist’s unrelenting quest for new forms fueled his passion for painting almost until his death in 1944, at the age of 78.

Kandinsky once remarked, “The spirit, like the body, can be strengthened and developed by frequent exercise. Just as the body, if neglected, grows weaker and finally impotent, so the spirit perishes if untended.”

As these artists remind us, it is important to follow our hearts, know what we are born to do, and nourish our creative spirit. Even when we encounter periods of withdrawal we must find the way to reclaim it.

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“Famous Artists Who Reclaimed Their Artistic Passion” By Renee Phillips https://www.healing-power-of-art.org/?p=1387

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