This is my third daily posting concerning inspirations in art.
Today, I am focusing on a great Dutch artist, who I identify with, because of my Dutch ancestry.
The artist in question is Piet Mondrian (b. March 7, 1872 – d. February 1, 1944).
Piet Mondrian invented neoplasticism – a graphic art style defined by a grid of black lines drafted onto a white canvas, creating a series of rectangles/squares, which are filled in using the three primary colours: cadmium yellow, cadmium red, ultramarine blue.
Before devising neoplasticism, Mondrian became briefly influenced by the Cubist movement – whilst residing in Paris (Cubism, for anyone who doesn’t know, is an early 20th century Parisian movement dominated by the artists, Picasso and Georges Braque). However, spiritual leanings guided him in a different direction – to form the Der Stijl movement in the Netherlands in 1917. These are his own words:
I construct lines and color combinations on a flat surface, in order to express general beauty with the utmost awareness. Nature (or, that which I see) inspires me, puts me, as with any painter, in an emotional state so that an urge comes about to make something, but I want to come as close as possible to the truth and abstract everything from that, until I reach the foundation (still just an external foundation!) of things…
Mondrian, in later life, moved to Manhatten, where he created one of my favourite paintings, Broadway Boogie-Woogie (1942-1943). This painting embraces the spirit of New York City, with its grid-work of skyscrapers, traffic lights, side walks, and yellow taxis. And most importantly it also reflects the spirit, vibrancy of the music of the era, namely Jazz.
For copyright issues, I haven’t posted a reproduction of Mondrian’s great painting – anyone who really appreciates art is best going and seeing it ‘in the flesh’.
It’s the only way to truly appreciate a masterpiece, by getting up close and personal to the texture and brushstrokes, to witness it, experience it, remembering that was how the artist himself intended it to be viewed.
This painting, for anyone who finds themselves genuinely curious about art, is on display in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
I hope you enjoy viewing my interpretation, which you will find below these words.
I haven’t copied neoplasticism to the letter – instead I have married it with Art Nouveau/Art Deco, so to produce a piece of art unique to my own sense of style/colour/design.
Thank you once again for reading. Feel free to leave comments or queries if you so choose.