“Nature or, that which I see, inspires me, puts me, as with any painter, in an emotional state so that an urge comes about to make something, but I want to come as close as possible to the truth and abstract everything from that, until I reach the foundation, still just an external foundation, of things.” Mondrian dedicated himself to eliminating all non-essential elements from his work. By 1918 his subject matter consisted of nothing but vertical and horizontal rectangles and lines, his palette limited to black, white, grey, and the primary colours, red, blue and yellow.
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Piet Mondrian was born Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan, Jr., on March 7, 1872, in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. He studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, from 1892 to 1897. Until 1908, when he began to take annual trips to Domburg in Zeeland, Mondrian’s work was naturalistic—incorporating successive influences of academic landscape and still-life painting, Dutch Impressionism [more], and Symbolism [more]…