Pieter Cornelis “Piet” Mondriaan, after 1906 Mondrian was a Dutch painter
Mondrian was a contributor to the De Stijl art movement and group, which was founded by Theo van Doesburg. He evolved a non-representational form which he termed neoplasticism. This consisted of white ground, upon which he painted a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors.
Mondrian’s arrival in Paris from the Netherlands in 1911 marked the beginning of a period of profound change. He encountered experiments in Cubism and with the intent of integrating himself within the Parisian avant-garde removed an ‘a’ from the Dutch spelling of his name (Mondriaan).
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
With almost 300 works, the Gemeentemuseum’s Mondrian collection is unique in the world. It covers every phase in the impressive career of this master of modern art. Not many artists have been so successful at constantly reinventing themselves from the early stages of their artistic development until their death while maintaining a high level of artistic quality in their work. The enormous variety of work enables the Gemeentemuseum to show to the public the full scope of Mondrian’s artistic development, from realistic to abstract. The exhibition also contains his last – unfinished – masterpiece,the Victory Boogie Woogie (1942‐1944), a monument to New York, the city that exudes rhythm and unbridled vitality.