Monday, July 18, 2011
My latest subject is Piet Mondrian. His works of "Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow" have been familiar to me for years. Although I never knew who painted them or how/why, those images were easily recognizable as being important pieces in art's history.
Just recently I had this unknown urge to dig into it a bit more. I think it may have been how simplistic and minimal these works were and how they used only the most basic of colors: the primaries (red, blue, yellow) and black and white. Without going into too much detail about him, Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter (1872-1944) known as "the father of geometric abstraction." He was a pivotal figure in the revolution of Modern Art that began with Cubism in the early 20th century. Around 1920, following the World War, he evolved a non-representational form which he termed Neo-Plasticism (De Stijl). This consisted of the familiar white ground, upon which was painted a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors.
Without doubt, Mondrian continues to still have an influence in art/design. His Composition works has inspired fashion, graphic art, architecture, and more. There have been numerous clothing brands that have produced products directly inspired by his work, even including Nike and Vans.
Here's a couple of other sites I found interesting about Piet:
- Chronological order of paintings
- "Official" website
- Wikipedia page
- De Stijl (Neo-Plasticism)
Why this mini art lesson? Come back tomorrow and I'll show you why...