On the Lappenbrink (1899) by Piet Mondrian

On the Lappenbrink - Piet Mondrian - 1899

Artwork Information

TitleOn the Lappenbrink
ArtistPiet Mondrian
Dimensions108 x 86 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationGemeentemuseum den Haag, Hague, Netherlands

About On the Lappenbrink

Piet Mondrian, a pivotal figure in the evolution of abstract art, created “On the Lappenbrink” in 1899. This work is a testament to his early artistic endeavors before he became synonymous with the De Stijl movement and its radical simplification of forms and colors. “On the Lappenbrink” stands out as a historical record of the Winterswijk district, an area seldom captured by printmakers of the time who favored more modern and affluent regions.

The painting, executed in a Post-Impressionist style, diverges from Mondrian’s later iconic works that feature primary colors and geometric abstraction. Instead, it offers a glimpse into the artist’s formative years and his naturalistic inclinations, which were later transformed by influences such as Dutch Impressionism, Symbolism, and especially Cubism after his move to Paris in 1912.

Mondrian’s journey toward abstraction was also influenced by his spiritual beliefs and his quest for a universal pictorial language that could represent dynamic forces of nature and human experience. His mature style, characterized by straight lines, right angles, and a restrained palette, aimed to reflect a harmonious cosmos and was deeply rooted in his philosophical views.

“On the Lappenbrink” is not just a piece of Mondrian’s artistic legacy; it is a cultural artifact that captures the essence of a specific time and place, offering insight into the artist’s development and the broader context of his work. The painting is part of the collection at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Hague, Netherlands, and continues to be celebrated as an important work in the history of art.

Other Artwork from Piet Mondrian

More Post-Impressionism Artwork

Scroll to Top