In the cacophonous field of early 20th-century modern expression, a movement known as De Stijl emerged in the Netherlands. Headed by Piet Mondrian, it would grow to become one of the most influential movements of the era, thanks in part to Mondrian’s innovative approach to the picture plane. This amazing moment, along with some of Mondrian’s most celebrated works, are showcased in the newest digital volume on the artist offered by Musebooks.
Encouraged in his pursuit of a utopian approach to compositional development, Mondrian evolved rapidly from the more formal to the wholly abstract. While early compositions by the artist allude to dynamic landscapes or other views of nature, by the 1920s Mondrian had streamlined his compositions to clean geometry and dramatically reduced palettes. In this simplification, Mondrian created works that were simultaneously minimal and powerful in that they forced the viewer to contemplate their profundity. This became the central conversation of Mondrian’s work that he carried with him all the way to his final years in 1940s New York.
The nuances of Mondrian’s compositions take center stage in this impressive digital volume and allow the reader to invest and also better understand what Mondrian was hoping to communicate in his work. Excellent images of and insights into Mondrian’s art make this a must-read Musebooks selection for modern art fans.