Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian is an abstract artist who chose his contemporary abstract direction after his tree series. Boogie Woogie was the final painting in Mondrian’s painting career after years of progression in his use of abstract lines and blocks of colours. This non-representational art movement became known as Neo-Plasticism, and what to some now seems overly simplistic was at the time a new revolutionary art style. As modern, abstract art becomes more popular, particularly with the younger generations, artists such as Mondrian will become even better known. Other artists you might enjoy include Joan Miro & Mark Rothko.

This use of primary colors by Mondrian allowed him to keep his paintings and compositions simple and enabled him to concentrate his thoughts and decisions in other areas of each painting. Primary colors are useful to any artist wishing to create further colours. Mondrian combined clear black lines and colorful geometric shapes to relay his artistic emotions and help the viewer to navigate his work. Compositions such as Red, Yellow, and Blue give a clear visible indication of this is action.

Mondrian’s Boogie Woogie is the last painting that contemporary, abstract artist Mondrian produced. From his earlier works, where he focused on large rectangular planes divided abstract lines he now produced a kind of zoomed out style, with smaller, more frequent rectangles, again using his typical “Golden Rectangle” proportions.

Mondrian’s career is an excellent insight into the development of Neo-Plasticism, with Composition 10 and Red, Yellow and Blue Composition showing off Piet’s early musings on an art movement that was later to move in many different directions, even after his sad death. The best example of his earliest thoughts on this style was Composition with Two Lines which, as the name suggests, is the most simplistic of his early abstract works.

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