The Easel

Why Kandinsky chose to make abstract art

Kandinsky had some big ideas. One was that there was a systematic language of colour. He pioneered abstract painting and was among the first to remove all recognizable objects from his work. He was also an ardent spiritualist – hence his interest in art that could express elevated emotional states. He died in 1944 confident that, despite Nazism and two wars, a spiritual Millennium was just around the corner.