This piece is characteristic of Mondrian’s most famous works. By reducing the colour palette to a single area of red, the black and white areas are highlighted as important parts of the work. The grid embodies the principle of balance and harmony, and the slightly unsymmetrical composition is a deliberate act to make the painting more ‘dynamic’.
Composition B (No.II) with Red
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 80.3 x 63.3 x 2.4 cm
Piet Mondrian was a Dutch pioneer of abstract art and a founder of the De Stijl movement. During his lifetime he was celebrated for the purity of his abstract paintings and the methodical practice used to create them. Mondrian produced his most famous works from the 1920s, in his own style called Neo-Plasticism where he restricted his painting to a three colour palette and black grid system for which he is most famous. As well as being crucial to the development of modern art, his iconic abstract works still influence modern design and popular culture today.