Early Mondrian

Painting 1900 – 1905

Focusing on a prolific stage in Piet Mondrian’s early career, this volume provides a concise view of the artist’s figurative landscape painting.

Primarily made during his time in Amsterdam at the turn of the century, Mondrian’s dense, small-scale paintings depict the surrounding Dutch landscape, notably irrigation ditches, canals and farm buildings. The compositions are characterised by complex interactions of light and dark planes, which the artist forms through thick, pigmented strokes of green and brown paint.

Marking the last decade of the artist’s engagement with figurative painting, Mondrian’s exploration of the interrelationships between colour and space during this period forms the basis for his subsequent abstract works, whilst also reflecting the artist’s lifelong interest in nature.

Accompanying an exhibition curated by Karsten Schubert at David Zwirner, London (26 November 2015–23 January 2016), the volume includes full-colour illustrations of the exhibited paintings as well as essays by Hans Janssen and Richard Shiff.

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