This iconic work was begun in Paris in 1937 and Mondrian continued to work on it in London and New York. It clearly shows Mondrian's highly abstract Neo-Plasticism period with his use of primary colours and a black grid.
Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas 72.7 x 69.2 cm Tate. Purchased 1964 © 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR International
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.