Artist of the Month – November 2012

The artist of the month for November is Kandinsky.

Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow in Russia in 1866. He was a painter and one of the most famous 20th century artists.

Although Kandinsky was fascinated by colour when he was a child, he didn’t enrol at art school until he was 30 years old!

In 1900 Kandinsky studied art in Munich in Germany. At first, his paintings were realistic as the following paintings show:




However, over the years his style of painting changed dramatically, as they became more colourful, bold and less realistic. His style of art was known as abstract art as the following paintings show:

Kandinsky was inspired by music. He heard colours in music and saw music in colours and in his painting “Squares with concentric circles” Kandinsky painted colours that he felt best corresponded with the music he heard.

We were inspired to create our own concentric circles. Ms. Fay played a eight different pieces of music and we chose the colours that best suited the music. Here  we are hard at work:

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What do you think of Kandinsky’s style of painting?


November 18, 2012. Artist of the Month.


  1. Elizabeth Counihan replied:

    I thought making these circles was so much fun and I would love to make them again!

  2. Tomi Ayibiowu replied:

    Making the circles was a lot of fun and listening to the music was pretty cool and for some songs funny.

  3. Aoife replied:

    Why did Kandinsky change from realistic paintings to abstract ones?

    • msfays4thclass replied:

      A great point Aoife. It is believed that the sudden change in his work was triggered by his interest in the work of Monet. He was fascinated by Monet’s impressionist style as he had never before seen paintings which weren’t meant to imitate reality. As we learned in class, he saw colour in music and heard music in colours and this gave rise to his new and dramatic style of abstract art.

  4. Elizabeth Counihan replied:

    I like his style 😉 😉

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