Composition with Gray and Light Brown (1918) by Piet Mondrian

Composition with Gray and Light Brown - Piet Mondrian - 1918

Artwork Information

TitleComposition with Gray and Light Brown
ArtistPiet Mondrian
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions80.2 x 49.9 cm
Art MovementNeoplasticism
Current LocationMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

About Composition with Gray and Light Brown

“Composition with Gray and Light Brown” is a notable artwork by Piet Mondrian, completed in the year 1918. This piece, executed using oil on canvas, exemplifies the Neoplasticism art movement. It is characterized by its abstract genre and measures 80.2 by 49.9 centimeters. Presently, the artwork is housed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.

The artwork presents a complex grid of rectangular forms, unified by a refined palette of gray and light brown hues, accented with occasional muted yellow and white. As with other works of Neoplasticism, the composition strives for a sense of universal balance and harmony through its use of straight lines and limited color range. This deliberate restriction to primary colors and non-colors—a signature aspect of Mondrian’s work—embodies his search for the essence of form and color. The geometric abstraction is meticulous, suggesting a calculated and contemplative process behind its creation. The precise arrangement of lines and blocks creates a tension between the individual elements and the composition as a whole, inviting viewers to ponder the relationship between space, shape, and color.

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