Composition with Grid IX (1919) by Piet Mondrian

Composition with Grid IX - Piet Mondrian - 1919

Artwork Information

TitleComposition with Grid IX
ArtistPiet Mondrian
Art MovementNeoplasticism
Current LocationGemeentemuseum den Haag, Hague, Netherlands

About Composition with Grid IX

“Composition with Grid IX” is an abstract painting by Piet Mondrian completed in 1919. Created using oil on canvas, the artwork embodies the principles of Neoplasticism, an art movement characterized by a reduction to the essentials of form and color. The piece is part of the collection at the Gemeentemuseum den Haag in The Hague, Netherlands. Mondrian’s work is renowned for its role in advancing abstract art and influencing the development of the modernist movement.

The artwork displays an array of colored squares meticulously arranged within a grid of white lines. The grid forms a checkerboard pattern that alternates between colored and white spaces, wherein the primary colors of yellow, blue, and red are prominently featured alongside shades of gray. Each square seems to be carefully considered in its hue and placement, contributing to an overall balance and harmony within the composition.

Despite the apparent simplicity, there is an underlying complexity to the work. The use of primary colors and non-colors (white, gray, and black which is the absence of color) in specific configurations evokes a sense of universal aesthetic principles. The grid serves not only as a structural element but also manifests Mondrian’s vision for a new form of beauty, free from representation and grounded in pure abstraction.

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