Russian, 1866–1944. Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian artist known for his Non-objective art centered around innovative applications of color. Using his apolitical art as the tool, Kandinsky propagated his belief that colors and forms are a tool to express the inner life of the artist. He often brought together the two areas of his interest, art, and music in his works, as seen in his orchestral 1913 creation, Composition VI, where forms and colors collided as they moved across the canvas. The artists’ group, Der Blaue Reiter, was formed in 1911, where Kandinsky was a founding member and was named after his favorite color, Blue.