Composition with Blue (1937) by Piet Mondrian

Composition with Blue - Piet Mondrian - 1937

Artwork Information

TitleComposition with Blue
ArtistPiet Mondrian
Dimensions80 x 77 cm
Art MovementNeoplasticism
Current LocationGemeentemuseum den Haag, Hague, Netherlands

About Composition with Blue

The artwork “Composition with Blue” was created by the artist Piet Mondrian in the year 1937. This piece is an oil on canvas, measuring 80 x 77 cm, and it is a quintessential example of the Neoplasticism art movement. The genre of this work is abstract and it is currently housed at the Gemeentemuseum den Haag in The Hague, Netherlands.

“Composition with Blue” is characterized by a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines on a white background. The artwork features distinct rectangles and squares of varying sizes formed by the intersecting lines. Notably, there is a singular use of color with a small blue square located towards the bottom right of the composition. This sparing use of primary color is typical of Mondrian’s style, where he often limited his palette to basic colors and non-colors to achieve a sense of universal harmony and balance. The bold black lines create a sense of structure and order, while the asymmetrical placement of the blue square offers an element of contrast and visual interest within the geometric arrangement. Mondrian’s work reflects his philosophical views about the reduction of form and color to their essence and his pursuit of a new aesthetic language that could express his ideal of cosmic order.

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