Composition N. 1 with Red and Blue (1931) by Piet Mondrian

Composition N. 1 with Red and Blue - Piet Mondrian - 1931

Artwork Information

TitleComposition N. 1 with Red and Blue
ArtistPiet Mondrian
Art MovementNeoplasticism

About Composition N. 1 with Red and Blue

“Composition N. 1 with Red and Blue” by Piet Mondrian, created in 1931, exemplifies the Neoplasticism art movement, characterized by its abstract genre. The painting embodies the aesthetic philosophy of de Stijl, to which Mondrian was a key contributor, emphasizing basic visual elements such as geometric forms and primary colors.

The artwork features a balanced arrangement of black vertical and horizontal lines that intersect to form a grid-like pattern on a white background. The composition incorporates a bold block of red in one of the rectangles created by the grid and a smaller blue square adjacent to it. The colors are flat and pure, with no gradation or shading, which is a hallmark of Mondrian’s approach to abstract painting. The layout suggests an equilibrium between the colored elements and the larger expanses of white. This piece, like many of Mondrian’s works, reflects his pursuit of a kind of universal visual harmony through the reduction of form and color to their most essential states.

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