Composition with Yellow (1930) by Piet Mondrian

Composition with Yellow - Piet Mondrian - 1930

Artwork Information

TitleComposition with Yellow
ArtistPiet Mondrian
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions46 x 46.5 cm
Art MovementNeoplasticism
Current LocationKunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

About Composition with Yellow

The artwork titled “Composition with Yellow” is an exemplar of Piet Mondrian’s pioneering abstract oeuvre, completed in the year 1930. This oil on canvas reflects the distilled principles of Neoplasticism, an art movement dedicated to the fundamental aspects of form and color. With dimensions of 46 by 46.5 cm, the artwork can be viewed at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Observing the artwork, one notes the precision of straight lines intersecting at various angles to form a grid. The composition predominantly features white space which is meticulously interrupted by a balanced network of black lines that harmonize the visual field. Notably, a singular square of vibrant yellow commands attention, its strategic placement resonating with the underlying theme of primary colors that is characteristic of Mondrian’s work. Each element within the composition contributes to an ordered equilibrium, reflecting the artist’s relentless pursuit of a universal aesthetic language stripped of figurative references. The balance between the negative space and the minimal use of color exhibits Mondrian’s philosophical inquiry into pure abstraction, intending to evoke a sense of harmony and order that echoes the immutable laws of the universe.

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