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.