This abstract piece is from Piet Mondrian’s Composition in Line
series of paintings, which are an extension of his Pier and Ocean
compositions. Taking a view of a pier and the ocean from above, Mondrian reduced the physical structure of the pier and the movement of the water to a series of black lines, with a white oval swell. This piece extends the idea further, making the circular swell purely out of the tension between the black lines, giving the piece an op-art like feel.
Composition in line
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Original: Oil on canvas 108 × 108 cm Collection Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, the Netherlands
Piet Mondrian (1872 – 1944) 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.