Artworks and Artists
Piet Mondrian
Born in Amersfoort, Netherlands, 07 March 1872
Died in New York, New York, 01 February 1944

Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian worked in landscape painting in the early part of his life, and was interested in a vast range of spiritual and philosophical research, most notably Theosophy. He came into contact with Cubism when he went to Paris, which led him to progressively eliminate references to external reality in his work. He undertook various series that were abstract simplifications of themes such as a three or a church. Wanting to simplify the means of expression to the barest essentials, he divided the space of the canvas into horizontal and vertical axes. He limited himself to pure geometric forms, and attributed to them a profound moral value. Mondrian was something of an ascetic, and he consciously reduced his worldly goods to the strictest minimum. By extension, we can say the same of his painting, which aimed for the spiritual expression of a simple, fundamental structure underlying ail things - he wanted his art to reflect the immutable realities behind subjective appearance.