Between 1905 and 1907, Piet Mondrian made more than 10 studies of the area surrounding Geinrust farm, near Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Many of these works (this one included) focus on the trees along the river, and pay particular attention to the reflections of these trees in the water, mirroring the trunks, branches and leaves. Mondrian used various methods, styles and mediums to capture this effect. He created this piece using oil paints on a canvas panel, which has an almost Monet-esque feel, with its expressive brushstrokes and lily-pads in the foreground.
The Gein: Trees Along the Water
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Original: Oil on canvas on panel 25 × 32 cm Kunstmuseum Den Haag
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.