Composition No. II; Composition in Line and Color (1913) by Piet Mondrian

Composition No. II; Composition in Line and Color - Piet Mondrian - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleComposition No. II; Composition in Line and Color
ArtistPiet Mondrian
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions88 x 115 cm (34 5/8 x 45 1/4 in)
Current LocationKroeller-Mueller Museum, Otterlo

About Composition No. II; Composition in Line and Color

Composition No. II, created by Piet Mondrian in 1913, is the artist’s magnum opus. This piece offers a more organic atmosphere in which lines overlap and curve in a more random fashion. This artwork was designed to show several of Mondrian’s architectural ideals, such as a vertical structure and an emphasis on primary colors. The picture also symbolizes the relation between artist and nature as lines become trees and branches connected to each other. Mondrian’s art was highly utopian and was concerned with a search for universal values and aesthetics.

Following Composition No. II, Mondrian introduced Composition In Line And Color – Piet Mondrian – 1913, which was his later work that showed his desire to create pieces containing the geometry which was central to his artworks from this period, such as squares and rectangles interconnected with each other to create stronger movements and depth. In this artwork, he applies synthetic cubism elements in order to emphasize its sensory reality. Furthermore, it is characterized by hard linear elements that make up the image both vertically and horizontally representing spatial motion between these forms of shapes.

In further pursuit of his artistic ideas, Mondrian painted one of his last masterpieces “Composition No 8” (1939-42). This particular painting shows how far he has evolved as an artist since his Composition No. II days by using bright colors, superimposed planes filled with squares that exude dynamism while creating movement around them indicating open space potentiality achieved by breaking the graphic monotony of traditional compositions used before in his early works like “Composition no 2”

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