History of Piet Mondrian
Piet Mondrian was a famous Dutch painter from the early to mid 1900’s. He is most well-known for his non-representational paintings of blocks of color, such as “Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow” (1943). Mondrian worked closely with the artist Theo van Doesburg and together they formed the art style De Stijl, which is an art movement that revolved around creating abstract artwork.
Mondrian’s work is inspired from a wide range of other artists that were actively working at the time. He utilized pointillism and Fauvism like Van Gogh and later, Cubism like Pablo Picasso. Later, when he was isolated at his home in the Netherlands because of WWI, he developed an abstract art-form called the Neoplastic Style. These works are identified by their lighter colors, smaller color selection, and the play of balance within a composition. For a more indepth look at Mondrian’s history, visit the Mondrian Trust, an organization dedicated to upholding the longevity and integrity of Mondrian’s work. You can also visit the Piet Mondrian website to see more of his work and a brief history.
His works are known world-wide and celebrated for the advancement of abstract artwork. His pieces are still being shown in major cities. He is currently having an exhibition at the Tate in London and you can view the online exhibitions that are always available at MoMA and the Guggenheim museums.
Inspired by Piet Mondrian
Using Mondrian as a source for decorating your home can be really fun and exciting. Not only do you get to bring our your inner art-nerd, you can really play up a space using the creative use of lines and simple primary colors of red, blue, and yellow. You can use this color scheme in a bedroom, bathroom, or possibly even a nursery to start your kid’s love of abstract art from an early age!
If you don’t want to go so drastic, accessories and color coordination can go a long way! Use a favorite Mondrian painting print as the focal point of the room and use accessories to bring the entire room together. Use white furniture and pair it with Mondrian signature primary colors: red, blue, and yellow! Modernism and simplicity is making a come-back in homes. Take advantage of this revival and bring some art inspiration into your home.
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