Mondrian, an early 20th-century painter known for his abstract compositions, is a popular subject for all types of artists. But the way in which he achieved this geometric style in his paintings is rather complicated and not entirely understood.
Terence Gower, an expert on Mondrian, has created a blog where he explores this process and discusses other aspects of Mondrian’s life and work. The blog focuses on how Mondrian created his masterpieces and how viewers can learn from them.
The blog also provides links to other sites about the artist and his paintings. These websites include a blog focused on Mondrian’s oeuvre that includes biographical information and reproductions of the artist’s works. Also included are links to art exhibitions, books and magazines about him, as well as other useful resources related to Mondrian and abstract art in general.
My love for the interplay of basic geometric shapes and colors that is so characteristic of Piet Mondrian’s work began in my senior year at the Rhode Island School of Design when I had my first art history class. Our professor, an artist himself, took us on a tour of modern art, showing us how artists like Mondrian, Kandinsky and Picasso paved the way for what is now contemporary art and design.
I’ve been a fan ever since, sharing my passion by helping students better understand the principles behind this amazing art. If you have a desire to learn more about Mondrian, his work or the artists who influenced him, please visit my blog: http://www.art-of-mondrian.com/
Mondrian was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His work and style has been highly influential on art in the 21st century and his influence can be seen in the works of many contemporary artists. This website is dedicated to Mondrian and his art, as well as that of other artists who have drawn inspiration from him.
His use of geometric shapes in his paintings revolutionized art, and he was a true pioneer. His work was highly artistic, yet he was also very interested in science and technology, especially mathematics.
He was also one of the first artists to create what we now call “joiners”, paintings where the canvas is visible. The style of Mondrian’s paintings can vary depending on where it is displayed; for example in a museum, or at home on your wall. Learn about these things about Mondrian and more here on this site.>>
Mondrian is a Dutch painter whose work is famous for being simple and uncluttered. He was also a very influential artist.
Mondrian’s style is not just about painting simple things in plain colors; it is about the way he chose to arrange them. Mondrian’s work was a reaction against the art of his time, which used many colors and included lots of detail. He didn’t like the way that looked, and wanted to do something different.
Mondrian was born in 1872 in Amersfoort, Netherlands to a father who owned a mill. His father also liked art, and taught his son how to draw when he was young. Not much else is known about Mondrian’s early life. However, we know that by 1911 he had already made quite a name for himself as an artist in Europe. He was one of the first artists to use the name “neoplasticism,” and his paintings were similar to cubism.*
The Mondrians are the central works of his later years, when the artist had turned from figurative painting to abstract art. In these paintings, he developed the purist style for which he is best known. Here Mondrian’s art is reduced to its essence: black lines defining white shapes against a flat background, with color as a secondary element.
To fully appreciate Mondrian, it’s best not to rush in and try to understand his art; rather, it’s better to stand back and learn about him first. Take your time. Most people don’t look beyond the superficial aspects of his work, but once you dig beneath the surface, you will discover an artist who was deeply involved in all phases of fine art production: he was a painter, a sculptor, an architect and even a writer.
Truly understanding Mondrian’s work requires that you learn something about where he came from, his life experiences and his philosophy. In all of this you will find themes that carry through into his abstract paintings.
Mondrian’s work is both extremely simple and extremely subtle. It’s a bit like haiku in that way. In his paintings, as in a poem, every element must be essential and nothing more. And not just essential to the overall feeling of the piece, but essential to the structure; it has to be there for a reason.
The first time I read a book about Mondrian I was twelve years old. It was called, simply enough, The Life of Mondrian . I had just begun high school and was still very much interested in how things were made, and how artists worked; I had been drawing all my life, and loved art. Mondrian seemed an obvious hero: he had invented a new kind of painting from whole cloth! As far as I could tell from the book he went directly from being a Dutch artist who painted scenes of everyday life to creating these strange geometric worlds where everything was reduced to its essence. This struck me as exactly the sort of thing I wanted to do with my own drawings: reduce them to their essence.
Mondrian’s work still inspires me, though now when I look at it the lessons are more subtle than they were when I was twelve. Where before I saw only order, now I can see some
The puzzle of why the Mondrian seems to change color is easiest to understand if you think of the painting, not as a painting, but as a photograph.
Consider this image:
If you look at it long enough, two things happen. First, your eye stops perceiving it as a photograph and starts to see it as an abstract pattern. Second, your perception of the colors shifts. If you look away for a minute or two, then look back at the picture and focus on the top left corner (see photo above), you’ll notice that the color that was originally white now looks yellowish. And if you look at the bottom right corner, what was yellow now looks blueish. In other words, in both cases your brain is filling in missing colors from its memory of other things with similar colors. The visual system is doing its best to make sense of the image using whatever clues are available.
And that is exactly what happens with Mondrian’s Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black and Grey: The painting appears as different colors depending on how much light/darkness and which part of it your brain focuses on. When you look at it from far away your brain sees only a few big patches of color; when you get close up