“I wish to approach truth as closely as is possible, and therefore I abstract everything until I arrive at the fundamental quality of objects.”

Born: March 7, 1872 – Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Died: February 1, 1944 – New York, New York

Piet Mondrian, one of the founders of the Dutch modern movement De Stijl, is recognized for the purity of his abstractions and methodical practice by which he arrived at them. He radically simplified the elements of his paintings to reflect what he saw as the spiritual order underlying the visible world, creating a clear, universal aesthetic language within his canvases. In his best known paintings from the 1920s, Mondrian reduced his shapes to lines and rectangles and his palette to fundamental basics pushing past references to the outside world toward pure abstraction. His use of asymmetrical balance and a simplified pictorial vocabulary were crucial in the development of modern art, and his iconic abstract works remain influential in design and familiar in popular culture to this day.

This painting is famous for being the last work of Piet Mondrian which remained unfinished due to his death caused by pneumonia in February 1944. While Mondrian’s works of the 1920s and 1930s have scientific austerity about them, this painting is bright and lively reflecting the upbeat music by which it is inspired. The work was conceived in expectation of victory of the Allied Forces in World War II.
Piet Mondrian is best known for his artistic style Neoplasticism in which he simplified visual compositions to the most basic elements of the straight line, the three primary colors, and the neutrals of black, white and gray. By early 1920s Mondrian had created this new form of abstract art, distinct from Cubism and Futurism. In this painting he has used one large dominant block of red which is balanced by distribution of smaller blocks of yellow, blue, gray and white around it. It is one of his most famous early neoplastic masterpieces.

After following the prevailing trends in Dutch art, Piet Mondrian became involved in the Luminism movement which devoted greater attention to light effects and rendered them using the primary colors. This is the most famous painting of Mondrian’s Luminist period and an important work in his series on the tree theme. In it, he creates a balance between the contrasting hues of red and blue, and between the violent movement of the tree and the blue sky. Mondrian thus produces a sense of equilibrium which remained his artblog #fineart #inspiration #artadvisory #artcollecting #artcollectors #artsignificator #fineart #sculptors #installation #collecting #art #contemporary #contemporaryart #melnikblog #artist

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