At the Amstel Sun (1907) by Piet Mondrian

At the Amstel Sun - Piet Mondrian - 1907

Artwork Information

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

About At the Amstel Sun

The artwork titled “At the Amstel Sun” is a creation by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian completed in the year 1907. This particular piece belongs to the Impressionism movement and primarily depicts a landscape scene. Housed within the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Netherlands, the artwork captures the tranquil essence of the environment along the Amstel River, embodying the characteristics of the Impressionist style.

The artwork depicts a serene riverscape, likely set during the late hours of the afternoon as suggested by the title. Soft brushstrokes blur the boundaries of the objects within the scene, a hallmark of Impressionism, while the use of light and color reflects the transient effects of sunlight on water and land. The foreground portrays the riverbank with what appears to be moored boats partially concealed by the diffuse brushwork, while the calm water of the Amstel stretches out towards the horizon line. In the distance, the viewer can discern vague outlines of trees and perhaps some buildings on the far bank, bathed loosely in the warm, muted tones of the sunset or the reflection thereof. The sky above is rendered with broad, sweeping gestural strokes that evoke a sense of movement, complementing the overall sense of atmosphere and fleeting moment captured in the painting.

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