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Piet Mondrian "Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow"

Piet Mondrian's Neoclassicism piece "Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow"

Courtney McAdams

on 14 November 2012

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Transcript of Piet Mondrian "Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow"

Piet Mondrian De Stijl What is Neoplasticism? Neoplasticism is Mondrian's theory of "pure plastic art," an ideal balance between the universal and the individual using an abstract formal vocabulary. Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow Piet Mondrian Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter born in March 7, 1872. Studied at Amsterdam Academy of Fine Arts Was influenced by the painter Jan Toorop and Cubism Co-founded the De Stijl movement and magazine with fellow Dutch painter Theo van Doesburg De Stijl is Dutch for "the style." De Stijl is also known as Neoplasticism. In "Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow" the central square expressed with a white field, undergoes duplication to appear as a larger red square and a smaller blue square. He altered grid patterns, the size and the placement of the color planes to create an internal cohesion and harmony. Mondrian worked to maintain a dynamic tension in his paintings. Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 1' 6 1/8 x 1' 6 1/8 1930 Believed primary colors and values are the purest colors and are the best ways to help an artist construct a harmonious composition. Believed a canvas, being a plane surface, should only contain planar elements. The square had become a constant feature in Mondrian's works but was constantly evolving. Mondrian moved to New York City where his style became freer and more rhythmic. He is often regarded as one of the most influential 20th Century artists. Mondrian died in NYC on February 1 at the age of 71.
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