Friday, January 27, 2012

Mondrian, Piet

Image Composition with Gray and Light Brown
Oil on canvas
80.2 x 49.9 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

 "I've arranged these to make it more cheerful."'
Mondrian, Piet (1872 – 1944) is a Dutch painter.
He evolved a non-representational form which he termed Neo-Plasticism.
Mondrian seemed more a scientist or priest than an artist. Typical of his art are compositions employing only vertical and horizontal lines at 90° angles and using only the primary colors and sometimes grays or black against a white background. Sensuality, three-dimensionality, and representation are utterly eliminated from his works, as is the curved line. Within these restrictions, his paintings are executed with consummate perfection of design and craft.

His art and theory influenced the Bauhaus movement and the development of the International style in architecture.