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Wassily Wassilievich Kandinsky was born on the 4th of December 1866, in Moscow. He was the son of a tea merchant, his mother was from a noble Muscovite family, and was 'famous for her beauty and intelligence'. He was read Russian and German fairytales and played the cello and piano.
In 1869, his parents took him to Italy, and he remembered the colours as "lush bright green, white, carmine red, black and ochre". His unusual ability to remember colours stayed with him throughout his life. It was his main source of inspiration. In 1871 his family moved to the Ukrainian capital Odessa, soon after his parents divorced. His mother's sister, Elizabeth Ticheeva, took care of him. He spent most of his childhood in Odessa, taking music and drawing lessons.
He studied Law and Economics at the University of Moscow from 1886. He visited churches with his father, from this he gained knowledge of his Russian culture and heritage. There are numerous drawings of churches that he drew from observation.
In 1889 he travelled to Volenga on a research assignment for the Society for Natural Science, Ethnography and Anthropology.
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