Piet Mondrian

1872-1944

“Art is not made for anybody and is, at the same time, for everybody.”

Piet Mondrian (originally Pieter Cornelius Mondriaan Jr.) was a Dutch painter who pioneered Neoplasticism- a style of abstract painting using only vertical and horizontal lines and rectangular shapes in black, white, gray, and the primary colors.

Mondrian is regarded as one of the great artists of the 20th century and one of the fathers of abstract and modern art. He grew up in a religious household that strongly encouraged art and music. Mondrian was taught to paint by his Uncle, Frits Mondriaan, and went on to attend the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in Amsterdam.

Mondrian began his career by painting landscapes in the traditional Dutch style, but as time went on, he began breaking his subjects down into their most basic forms, experimenting with lines, color, and simple shapes to represent the world.

Mondrian was largely influenced by New York City, Broadway life, and American jazz music

 

 

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