This painting is one of Mondrian’s last paintings of trees, a subject he had previously been fond of, and is based on realistic sketches made before his move to Paris. He later reworked the image in a more cubist fashion as we see here, creating a more abstract vision of a natural subject.
The Tree A
Original: Oil paint on canvas 100.3 x 67.3 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.