December 4 is the birthday of the "Father of Abstract Art", Wassily Kandinsky. Born in Russia and trained as a lawyer, Kandinsky found his true passion in art after he immigrated to Germnany at the age of 30. His early works reminded Monet's impressionism, but as Kandinsky grew as an artist, his style took more and more simplified forms that was named "abstract art" by the media. Kandinsky's abstract art used a visual language of simplified forms, colors and lines. Simplification in abstract art
often knows no limits. One of the most famous abstract paintings is "Black Square" by Kazimir Malevich (who was influenced by Kandinsky), which he unofficially called "black square on white background". Another one of Malevich's masterpieces takes simplification one step further - it is called "White on White" and shows a white square on a white background. Sotheby's values each of Malevich's "squares" at over $30 mln.
Take any famous painting and turn it into abstract art by simplifying its forms, elements and colors.