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Pieter Cornelis “Piet” Mondriaan (1872 – 1944) was a Dutch painter who is considered a major contributor to the De Stijl art movement, which is the geometric style we immediately think of when we hear the name Mondrian . Rather than painting sceneries with elaborate backgrounds Mondrian started with a white background, upon which he painted a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors, which was rather revolutionary for his time.
Mondrian was born in Amersoort in the Netherlands, the second of his parents’ children. In 1892, Mondrian entered the Academy for Fine Art in Amsterdam. Most of his work during that time consisted of naturalistic or Impressionistic landscape paintings of windmills and the countryside. As other artists started to experiment with pointillism and the vibrant colors of Fauvism, Mondrian looked for a style to make it uniquely his own.
On display in the Gemeentemuseum in the Hague are a number of paintings from this period, including such Post-Impressionist works as The Red Mill and Trees in Moonrise. Another painting, Evening (Avond) (1908), depicting a tree in a field at dusk, even augurs future developments by using a palette consisting almost entirely of red, yellow, and blue. Although it is in no sense Abstract , Avond is the earliest of Mondrian’s works to emphasize the primary colors.
In 1911, Mondrian moved to Paris were he was introduced to the Cubist movement. The influence of the work of Picasso and Georges Braque can be seen in the artists work. Paintings increasingly became dominated by geometric shapes and interlocking planes. "I construct lines and color combinations on a flat surface, in order to express general beauty with the utmost awareness. Nature (or, that which I see) inspires me, puts me, as with any painter, in an emotional state so that an urge comes about to make something, but I want to come as close as possible to the truth and abstract everything from that, until I reach the foundation (still just an external foundation!) of things…
I believe it is possible that, through horizontal and vertical lines constructed with awareness, but not with calculation, led by high intuition, and brought to harmony and rhythm, these basic forms of beauty, supplemented if necessary by other direct lines or curves, can become a work of art, as strong as it is true."
— Piet Mondrian
Today Mondrian’s designs are still extremely popular and can be found on a variety of products. They are simple and therefore timeless, blending great with contemporary home decor.
I also have used his design in a painting that I did in his style and on a variety of product available through my store.