Kandinsky, Wasily
Russian painter, considered the father of the art movement called abstract expressionism.

Born in Moscow Kandinsky was a talented child and learned the piano and cello at an early age. The influence of music in his paintings cannot be overstated, down to the names of his paintings Improvisations, Impressions, and Compositions.

Kandinski went to Germany at the age of 30 and became one of the first creators of pure abstraction in modern painting. After successful avant-garde exhibitions, he founded the influential Munich group 'Der Blaue Reiter' (The Blue Rider) and began completely abstract painting.

Until about 1920, he used bright, pure colors and free, spontaneous line and form. Later he began to paint carefully calculated compositions of geometric shapes. He maintained that the observer of his paintings ought to look at them as representation of mood rather than objects.

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Klee, Paul
Swiss artist who ranks among the masters of contempoary art and was one of the most original artists of his time.

Klee was born in Bern, Switzerland, and lived for many years in Germany. He taught at the Bauhaus. In 1933 he returned to Bern.

Although he is considered a forerunner of Surrealism, Klee's work is independent of any art movement. His paintings, drawings and prints are small masterpieces of fanatsy, wit, and poetic invention.

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Korin, Ogata
Japanese artist whose colorful art is often displayed on folding screens intended to beautify a room.

Born at Kyoto, the son of a wealthy merchant who had a taste for the arts.

Korin was greatly influenced by his predecessors Koyetsu and Sotatsu, but he developed a very original and quite distinctive style of his own, both in painting and in the decoration of lacquer.

The characteristic of this is a bold-impressionism, which is expressed in few and simple highly idealized forms, with an absolute disregard either of realism or of the usual conventions.

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