PIET MONDRIAN – the artist story

Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter, widely regarded as the founder of the post-modern art. His work is thought to have marked the transition into Impressionism and Cubism. Mondrian is famously known for his contribution to the De Stijl art movement. He created a non-representational form recognized by its white ground, topped with a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors. One of his most famous compositions in this style is Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow. Mondrian believed that the composition of the most fundamental aspects of line and color was the total realization of true beauty. By using basic forms and colors, Mondrian felt that his vision of modern art would transcend divisions in culture and become a new common language based in the pure primary colors, flatness of forms, and dynamic tension in his canvases. Mondrian’s singular vision for modern art is clearly demonstrated in the methodical progression of his artistic style from traditional representation to complete abstraction. Mondrian’s work continues to have an immense impact on the development of modern art, having influenced movements including the Bauhaus and Minimalism. Not only influential within modern art, Mondrian’s far-reaching impact can be seen across all aspects of modern and postmodern culture, from Yves Saint Laurent’s color-blocking in his “Mondrian” day-dress, to the use of Mondrian’s Neo-Plastic style and palette by the rock band the White Stripes for the cover of their 2000 album, De Stijl, as well as his name as the moniker for three hotels, the “Mondrian” hotel in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.


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