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Tribute to Mondrian


Perpendicular black lines, primary colours: the work of Piet Mondrian, a 20th century artist, is instantly recognisable. Explore the Carré d'artistes canvases inspired by his work. Piet Mondrian is one of the founders of abstract art, along with Vassily Kandinsky and Robert Delaunay. He pursues a quest for universal beauty using just lines and solid blocks of colour as his language.

Mondrian's work: colour, unequivocally

Piet Mondrian was born in 1872 to a Protestant family who encouraged him to paint and draw. It was therefore a natural step for him to continue his studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. Initially attracted by symbolism and Fauvism, he gradually detached himself from figurative art, taking more interest in colour. Mondrian first drew his inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh and then asserted his own choices by focusing on primary colours. Through these pure colours, he hoped to access “general beauty” and find a truth that was both aesthetic and mystical.

Mondrian painting: an abstract and geometric work

These red, blue, yellow or white blocks are framed by black lines, all perpendicular. The association of vertical lines with horizontal lines creates geometric figures that the painter was to roll out in series of paintings. His works, simply numbered, offer the viewer an essentialist look at art, completely free from figuration. Mondrian painting: a reflection of the avant-garde  After having been attracted for a while by cubism, Mondrian definitively adopted an abstract repertoire from 1913 onwards. At the same time, Vassili Kandinsky theorized the detachment of figurative representation while Kasimir Malevich proposed his Black Square against a white background in 1915. In addition, Piet Mondrian was involved in the De Stijl ("The Style") movement founded by Theo van Doesburg in 1917. Together, they would theorize their vision of pure abstraction and call it “neo-plasticism”. This aesthetic was to endure and still inspires many artists today.


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