At the Amstel Sun (1907) by Piet Mondrian

At the Amstel Sun - Piet Mondrian - 1907

Artwork Information

TitleAt the Amstel Sun
ArtistPiet Mondrian
Date1907
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationGemeentemuseum den Haag, Hague, Netherlands
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About At the Amstel Sun

Piet Mondrian, a Dutch artist renowned for his abstract works, created “At the Amstel Sun” in 1907, a piece that stands as a testament to his early engagement with Impressionism. This painting captures a landscape scene, a genre he explored before fully embracing the abstract style he is most famous for. The artwork is part of the collection at the Gemeentemuseum den Haag in the Hague, Netherlands.

“At the Amstel Sun” represents a period in Mondrian’s artistic journey where he was still connected to representational art, depicting the natural world with an impressionistic touch. It predates his evolution towards a more abstract and reduced form of expression, which would later be defined as neo-plasticism. This style, for which Mondrian became a leading figure, focused on the essentials of line, rectangle, and primary colors, stripping away the representational forms found in his earlier works like “At the Amstel Sun.”

Mondrian’s belief in abstraction as a universal language is evident in his later works, where he sought to represent the dynamic forces of nature and human experience through simple geometric forms. His painting “The Gray Tree,” for example, illustrates his transition toward abstraction, applying Cubist principles to a natural subject. However, in “At the Amstel Sun,” viewers can witness a different phase of his career, one that still holds onto the visible world through the lens of Impressionism.

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