L’abstraction géographique de Mondrian / Mondrian’s geographic abstraction

(e)space & fiction

mondrian_nyc New York City I (1942). Mondrian. Paris, musée national d’Art moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou.

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), pioneer of abstract painting, is not in theory an artist inclined to evoke real places in his works. Since 1913 and the discovery of cubism in Paris, Mondrian has made it a goal to find out a visual language for reporting the abstract reality behind the natural one and looking for the essence beyond the material and visible world (Wikipedia). This language is based on geometric rectangular shapes in primary colors crossed by black lines. His paintings have abstract titles like Composition with red, yellow and blue or Composition No. 7. After he fled from Europe to New York in 1940, he incorporated in the titles of his new pictures many real place names: New York City, Trafalgar Square, Place de la Concorde, Broadway Boogie-Woogie. Is…

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