Piet Mondrian

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"Squares? I see no squares in my pictures." -Piet Mondrian

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Composition with Yellow Patch

Broadway Boogie Woogie

Piet Mondrian avoided any suggestion of reproducing the material world. Instead using horizontal and vertical black lines that outline blocks of pure white, red, blue or yellow, he expressed his conception of ultimate harmony and equilibrium.   His style, and its underlying artistic principles, he called neoplasticism.

Neoplasticism- a form of art which uses verticals and horizontals to express nature and logic

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Composition in Blue-B

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This painting was painted in 1917 and is now in the Kroller-Muller Museum in Holland. It is actually a picture of the sky.  Mondrian wanted each object to be separate, yet a prominent part in the whole unit. Some, but not all of the shapes, in this piece are golden rectangles.

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Composition in Red, Yellow and Blue

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This piece was painted in 1942, and is now in London. It is meant to show the equilibrium of nature in something man made.  The proportions of the golden ratio can be seen in many of the rectangles.

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New York City

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This painting was inspired by Mondrian's visit to New York. The geometric shapes are less rigid and more complex, yet still retain the proportions of the golden ratio.

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