Russian painter and art theorist. He is considered by many to be one of the most famous and creative 20th-century artists and he is credited with painting the first modern abstract artworks. Kandinsky's work was influenced by several important sources and perhaps most importantly by a Theosophy theorist by the name of Blavatsky. Theosophical theory explains that creation is a mathematical progression beginning with a single point and expanding outwards. Kandinsky heavily incorporated this into his abstract art and built an entire style off of the theme. Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow, Russia and in his youth he made no attempt to study art. As a student Kandinsky had initially studied law and economics at the University of Moscow. but then later transitioned to the arts and began his education at the University of Dorpat. There he studied anatomy, sketching and painting. In 1896 Kandinsky relocated to Germany and continued his education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Of great importance to the German Expressionist painters movement, in 1909 Kandinsky became president oft he Neue Künstlervereinigung München (a guild of German Expressionist artists that he helped form). Later the group dissipated and Kandinsky formed Der Blaue Reiter or The Blue Rider which was named after a famous art work that he had painted earlier. Kandinsky formed this group with such artists as Franz Marc and August Macke. Der Blaue Reiter broke apart with the onset of WWI. He temporarily moved back to Russia after the Russian Revolution had ended but only three years later he moved back to Germany to be with other artists who shared similar artistic viewpoints and concepts. There Kandinsky became a teacher at the Bauhaus from 1922 until it was closed by the Nazis in 1933. After the close of the Bauhaus Kandinsky relocated to France where he lived the rest of his life and eventually became a French citizen in 1939. Kandinsky passed away in 1944.