PICTURE NO. III (1938) by Piet Mondrian

PICTURE NO. III - Piet Mondrian - 1938

Artwork Information

ArtistPiet Mondrian
Dimensions100.5 x 100.5 cm
Art MovementNeoplasticism


Piet Mondrian’s “PICTURE NO. III,” created in 1938, is a testament to his mastery of Neoplasticism, a style he helped pioneer. This artwork is an embodiment of the principles that define Mondrian’s iconic approach to art: a focus on pure abstraction and the use of primary colors, complemented by black, white, and gray. The painting measures 100.5 x 100.5 cm and is crafted with oil on canvas, showcasing Mondrian’s characteristic geometric precision.

“PICTURE NO. III” is part of a series of works that represent the zenith of Mondrian’s classicism, reflecting his belief in abstraction as a universal language capable of depicting the dynamic forces of nature and human experience more truthfully than traditional, illusionistic representations. The painting’s strict adherence to horizontal and vertical lines, along with its limited color palette, is indicative of the influence of the De Stijl movement, which sought to express harmony and order through art.

This piece, also known as “Lozenge Composition with Eight Lines and Red,” is held in high regard within the art community and is considered one of the prominent pieces of abstract art. It was during his time in New York, specifically at his studio on East 56th Street, that Mondrian continued to evolve his style, culminating in works like “PICTURE NO. III.” The painting not only captures the essence of Mondrian’s artistic philosophy but also serves as a historical marker of his contribution to the evolution of modern art.

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