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Painterand art theoretician
Born in the Netherlands (1872)Lived worldwide (Paris, Netherlands, London and New York)Died in New York (1944)
Evening; Red Tree
Broadway Boogie Woogie
Composition with Red Blue and Yellow
London and New York1938–1944
Evening; Red TreeThis painting shows the artist's luminist period where he painted realistically but with brighter than actual colors and simplifying contours. This painting is a cross-over to his more rectangular and analytical style. Mondrian painted this painting in the Zeeland coastal resort of Domburg, at that time a popular artist's colony in the summer months.
Broadway Boogie WoogieCompared to his earlier work, the canvas is divided into a much larger number of squares. Although he spent most of his career creating abstract work, this painting is inspired by clear real-world examples: the city grid of Manhattan, and boogie-woogie, an African-American Blues music Mondrian loved. The painting was bought by the Brazilian sculptor Maria Martins for the price of $800 at the Valentine Gallery in New York City, after Martins and Mondrian both exhibited there in 1943. Martins later donated the painting to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Composition with Red Blue and YellowA well-known work of art, Mondrian contributes to the abstract visual language in a large way despite using a relatively small canvas. Thick, black brushwork defines the borders of the different geometric figures. Comparably, the black brushwork on the canvas is minimal but it is masterfully applied to become one of the defining features of the work.
The Netherlands1872–1911 and 1914–1918
Paris1911–1914 and 1918–1938
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