Today marks the 140th birthday of the artist and luxury hotel namesake Piet Mondrian (7 March 1872 – 1 February 1944). Known for his striking geometric paintings, Mondrian was an instrumental member of the De Stijl art movement, which became synonymous with his iconic grids. “Broadway Boogie-Woogie,” the 1943 homage to the urban landscape, is considered to be Mondrian’s masterpiece.
But how did this happen? During a 1903 visit to a friend in Belgium, Mondrian’s vision began to change. Infatuated with the structural lines of the city, the painter returned to Amsterdam, doing away with the his previous soft, picturesque style and leaning towards a more urban rhythm.
The young Dutch artist then moved to Paris, where he was in just the right place at the right time to adopt Cubism. After moving back to the Netherlands to visit his ailing father, Mondrian started to follow the teachings of M.H.J. Schoenmaekers. He was enamored with the philosopher’s discussion of the symbolic meaning of lines; Mondrian coined the De Stijl movement not shortly thereafter. Mondrian’s modern edge remains his lasting legacy.
Piet Mondrian – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Piet Mondrian – A Journey Through Modern Art – YouTube
Piet Mondrian Online
Mondrian Trust – Piet Mondrian
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Mondrian, Nicholson in Parallel, The Courtauld, review
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