August 01, 2014
inspired by the art of Piet Mondrian
Piet Mondrian 1872-1944
Pieter Cornelis "Piet" Mondriaan (after 1906 he signed his work spelled ‘Mondrian’) was a Dutch pioneer of abstract art. His paintings developed from early landscape pictures to geometric abstract works.
Mondrian was born in Amersfoort, Utrecht and studied painting at the Amsterdam Academy 1892-4, and again in 1896-7. His friendship with the painter, Simon Mans led to painted landscapes in the Hague School tradition. Mondrian then began to work in a more vividly coloured and sometimes pointillist style in 1908. He lived in Paris from 1912 to 1914, where was influenced by Cubism.
Mondrian returned to Holland in 1914 and gradually evolved a more simplified abstract style which he called Neo-Plasticism. Mondrian restricted his painting to the three primary colours and to a grid of black vertical and horizontal lines on a white ground - the style that has inspired this, our new ‘Mondrian Collection’
From 1919-38 he lived in Paris, and there Mondrian joined the group Abstraction-Création in 1931. Mondrian moved to London in 1938, then to New York in 1940, where he started to develop a more colourful style. He died in New York in 1944 at the age of 72.
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