1915–1921: Return to Moscow

The first years of the artist's marriage with Nina Kandinsky

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Nina and Wassily Kandinsky in the dining room of their apartment in Moscow (c. 1915) by AnonymousCentre Pompidou

Almost immediately after he started painting, Kandinsky began moving towards utilizing ever more geometric pictorial elements. After separating from Münter for good in early 1916, he married 20-year-old Nina Andreievskaïa. 

Untitled (1922) by Kandinsky, VassilyCentre Pompidou

After the October 1917 revolution, he dedicated himself to the development of Russian cultural policy within the fields of art, education, and museum reform. He founded the "physico-psychological" department of the Academy of Artistic Sciences in 1921.

Wassily Kandinsky and his students in advanced art workshops (Vkhutemas) in Moscow Wassily Kandinsky and his students in advanced art workshops (Vkhutemas) in Moscow (c.1918) by GalartCentre Pompidou

However, he was artistically isolated, and in a very precarious financial situation. At the end of 1921, official duties in Germany enabled him to leave his country for Berlin, and subsequently to accept a position as a professor at the Bauhaus, the famous multidisciplinary art school, founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius in Weimar. 

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