The Gray Tree, by Piet Mondrian. 🎨One of the earliest8/28/2021, 2:02:12 PM
The Gray Tree, by Piet Mondrian. 🎨One of the earliest canvases by Mondrian by the time he started experimenting with cubism: its front and background elements seem to intermix, and the palette is very restricted. The tree is subtly oval in shape, following another cubist practice seen in works by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque: we can see plenty of experimentation in the trenches. Mondrian's oval would be explicit, framing the work, in subsequent paintings over the next three or four years. Apple Tree in Blossom, 1912, is in a similar compositional way. A great creative time for our Dutch master! 👨🎨Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872–1944) was a multi-faceted artist that revolutionized the avant garde with his neoplasticist aesthetic, primarily under the publication De Stijl. A highly philosophical art production that became a pop icon later on, heavily influenced by the Bauhaus school of architecture and color theory findings. Trained in Amsterdam, where he mingled with other pioneers, he moved to Paris in 1912, where he met Leger and Braque, taking an interest in cubism. However, he dived into abstraction more and more. He went back to Netherlands with the burst of the Great War, and met his colleagues of artistic thought: Bart van der Leck and Theo van Doesburg. These artists wanted to represent the universe’s absolute truths, and came to the conclusion that only straight lines and primary colors had true artistic meaning. 📐Height: 78.5 cm (30.9 in). Width: 107.5 cm (42.3 in). Oil on canvas, 1911. 🏛The Hague Museum, Netherlands. What do you think about this? Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨! Shop your art in the Link in Bio.