Although he came to regard pure abstraction as painting’s true beauty, Mondrian explained that he ‘enjoyed painting flowers, not bouquets, but a single flower at a time, in order that I might better express its plastic structure’. Between finishing art school in 1897 and the mid 1920s, he created more than 100 artworks on the subject of flowers. Though it’s a detailed representation of the lily, Mondrian chose a restricted colour palette, limiting himself to just blue and yellow for the whole piece, with tiny flecks of red, foreshadowing his strict preference for primary colours in his later works.
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Original: Ink and watercolour on paper 39 × 44 cm Private collection.
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.