Happy Birthday Wassily Kandinsky!! The Russian painter was born in 1866 and relocated to Munich in 1910. Before becoming a painter, he was a student of law and economics. He was to become a leader of the German avant-garde painters. With Mondrian, Kandinsky is said to be the first to create non-objective art, or art which was not dependent on the “object” but focused on expressive color with composition the unifying element. “One thing became clear to me—that objectiveness, the depiction of objects, needed no place in my paintings and was indeed harmful to them.” I was fortunate to see a collection of his work recently at the Guggenheim in NYC. Composition 8 (1923) was part of that collection.