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May 7, 2017



by NancyElin

  • Author: H. Janssen
  • Title: Mondriaan
  • Published: 2008
  • Table of contents: 285 pages


  1. It has taken me many years but I finally have learned
  2. about Piet Mondriaan’s paintings.
  3. Mondriaan was convinced that art is
  4. not instinctive – continuing evolution in art
  5. but intuitive where the artist leads art to its purest form.
  6. All the paintings and drawings by Piet Mondiraan (1872-1944)
  7. in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (The Hague) are discussed.
  8. Mondriaan was a firm believer that
  9. ….everything evolves towards the positive, the good.
  10. His art progressed from beautiful landscapes
  11. to combinations of curved, vertical and
  12. ….horizontal lines to capture images of nature.
  13. Mondriaan’s greatest work of art is the jewel in the crown of
  14. the museum in The Hague: Victory Boogie Woogie (1942-1944)
  15. I learned by reading about Mondriaan’s art the each work
  16. had an objective side, the beauty of the painted object
  17. and a subjective side, the expression of  Mondriaan’s emotions.
  18. Mondriaan was a complex man.
  19. He loved jazz, the tango and cafés
  20. ….but struggled with his Dutch puritan backround.
  21. He suffered from everything that he thought was beautiful.
  22. He loved the sun
  23. but wanted a house built without windows.
  24. Here are some of my favorites….
  25. Borderij bij Duivendrecht  (farm)
  26. Duin (Dune)
  27. Chrysant
  28. Victory Boogie Woogie

Piet Mondriaan (1872-1944)

MONDRIAAN zelfportrait b865bf31ae61fac2b13cd56368506d5863fdc63d

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. May 8 2017

    I’ll always have a soft spot for Mondrian as an extra large poster of one of his works adorned the wall of the house I lived in for a couple of years as a student!!! But beyond that know nothing about him – sounds like he was a complex man!

    • May 9 2017

      Thanks for you comments, Col.
      I knew so little about the man as he has always stood in the shadow of ‘Victory Boogie Woogie’.
      Even Barak Obama made ik a point to visit the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague 2014…just to see the painting!

  2. May 9 2017

    I’m loving your art journey in books this year Nancy.

    • Anonymous
      May 9 2017

      Captivated by art these last few weeks. Fiction expresses feelings but art is a journey. I have to read about the painter first. Only then can I understand the motivation and the artist’s relationship to the light (Van Gogh), the wind and sea (Monet) and Mondriaan’s search for order within a few lines (Victory Boogie Woogie). Thanks so much for stopping by…. 🙂

  3. Louise
    Jun 6 2017

    You’ve intrigued me. I’m looking for something in English… Hawaii State Library has 3… the most recent 1994.

    • Jun 7 2017

      Mondrian is one of our national treasures!


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