Piet Mondrian

Generally, when we think of Mondrian, we think of something like this –

(Rhythm of Black Lines, c. 1935-42)

I’d had absolutely no idea that his early work was so different, and yet so similar. If you look at the brushwork and the patterns in this one (Gray Tree, 1911) –

– then there are very definitely similarities there. I’m yearning to go and look at his work in the flesh, or at least the canvas, now. Artchive has a really interesting essay on his work, explaining the progression. I love the image of artist as technocrat, and it’s very much of his age.

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  1. There’s another Mondrian tree picture that is even less abstract than the one on your blogpost, so that one can see the evolution from one to the other. I like the horizontality of the branches.

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