Piet Mondrian and the six lines that made a masterpiece

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Piet Mondrian and the six lines that made a masterpiece

This multi-sensory connection to the art was composed by Mondrian in 1922 and, when evaluated for its musicality, is invited in blue, yellow, red, black and gray. “What I like about this composition is how he changes your sense of verticality and horizontality. It doesn’t just move your eyes, it changes your whole mindset in the same plane. It’s also a thing, “she says. “That’s the way you’re supposed to see Mondrian. Not as a photo you scan, but as a change in direction, movement, rhythm, pace.”

She explains that pondering Mondrian is a visceral experience. “Members of Stijl want to evoke a very physical type of aesthetic, the sense of the body.” A few years later, Mondrian went a step further and gave his work a particular dance. For example, in the late 1920s there was the Foxtrot series, and his last painting, Victory Boogie (1942-4), celebrated the syncopated rhythm he loved.

Even brush strokes make the movement permanent, Verbeek explains. For example, a thin, vertical yellow plane, contrary to intuition, is drawn with painstaking horizontal strokes, creating its characteristic duality and opposition, while at the same time the artist’s stable hand in universality. Reminds me of an individual who is.

Mondrian’s fascinating and readily recognizable grid, valued even at the most superficial level, gave a lasting impression, bolded and democratized the world of art, and enhanced the status of graphics and geometry.

Richterstein’s pop art is influenced by Mondrian’s color palette and sharp angles, and Gerhard Richter’s painted mosaics show the echo of his checkerboard. Architects from Slovakia to the United States are still testing the principles of De Stijl. Fashion brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Hermes, Moschino and even Nike all bring Mondrian’s grid to life on the runway.

A 1922 masterpiece hangs innocently at the Stedelijk Museum, where Mondrian raised a glass with a friend a century ago. The white square in the center dimly gazes at the passing visitors and looks at the eternal journey in and around it. Is the work a pattern, a painting, a design, or a dance?

For those who know, there’s music inside, but most look curious. The colors appear to escape from the frame and the unfinished grid lines continue their bullying. “I think he just wanted to keep the image as open as possible,” thinks Fondation Beyeler’s Ulf Küster. “Every good artist asks more questions than answers.”

Mondrian Evolution will be at the Fondation Beyeler until October 9, 2022.

Mondrian & De Stijl is on permanent display at Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Mondrian Moves will run until September 25, 2022.

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