Composition with Large Blue Plane, Red, Black, Yellow, and Gray (1921) by Piet Mondrian

Composition with Large Blue Plane, Red, Black, Yellow, and Gray - Mondrian, Piet - 1921

Artwork Information

TitleComposition with Large Blue Plane, Red, Black, Yellow, and Gray
ArtistPiet Mondrian
Date1921
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions60.5 x 50 cm (23 3/4 x 19 5/8 in)
Current LocationDallas Museum of Art
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About Composition with Large Blue Plane, Red, Black, Yellow, and Gray

Composition with Large Blue Plane, Red, Black, Yellow, And Gray is a famous 1921 painting by Piet Mondrian that exemplifies his signature style of geometric abstraction. The artwork is constructed from thick black horizontal and vertical lines that delineate the outlines of various rectangular blocks of color or reserve. The composition features one large dominant block of color, red, balanced by the distribution of smaller blocks of yellow, blue, gray and white around it in an asymmetrical design.

Mondrian’s Abstract paintings typically used a limited palette consisting only of white, black, gray and primary colors like red, blue and yellow. His art relied on relational opposites such as asymmetry and pure planes of color to create a dynamic balance within each piece. His stylistic formula has been widely quoted in all aspects from fashion to architecture since its creation in the 1920s.

Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow is another famous work by Mondrian that demonstrates his commitment to this style. In both works he uses overlapping rectangles to express both movement and equilibrium within each painting. These works are considered hallmarks in the development Abstract Art movement.

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