Wassily Kandinsky (16 December [O.S. 4 December] 1866 – 13 December 1944) was a Russian painter, printmaker and art theorist. Kandinsky is generally credited as the pioneer of abstract art. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated at Grekov Odessa Art school. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics.