Wassily Kandinsky was trained as a lawyer, and turned to painting when he was 30. His first experiences in painting were impressionistic. “Odessa. Port”, 1898, is one example. Kandisky experimented with various styles in figurative painting, until after visiting an exhibition of Monet, he realised that a painted image had its own value and relevance, without necessarily representing any particular object. He painted his first abstract composition in 1910 – 1911 (sadly it was lost when he left Russiain 1921).
Kandinsky spent 1914 – 1921 years in Russia, where he was influenced by the utopian experiments of the avant-garde, and though he adapted some of the aspects and techniques of Suprematism and Constructivism, he could not agree with the rational, systemising principles that prevailed in Russia. Kandinsky primarily believed in the expressive content of an abstract form. Even though his “In the Black Square”, 1923, clearly refers to Malevich and his Suprematism, its dynamic compositional elements are typical of Kandinsky’s lyrical abstraction.