Schinkelbuurtje Sun (1899) by Piet Mondrian

Schinkelbuurtje Sun - Piet Mondrian - 1899

Artwork Information

TitleSchinkelbuurtje Sun
ArtistPiet Mondrian
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationGemeentemuseum den Haag, Hague, Netherlands

About Schinkelbuurtje Sun

Piet Mondrian, a Dutch artist renowned for his contributions to the De Stijl art movement and his pioneering work in abstract art, created “Schinkelbuurtje Sun” in 1899. This piece is an Impressionist-style cityscape that showcases Mondrian’s early artistic endeavors before he fully embraced abstraction. The painting is part of the collection at the Gemeentemuseum den Haag in The Hague, Netherlands.

Mondrian’s journey toward abstraction is evident in his later works, such as “The Gray Tree,” which reflects his application of Cubist principles to represent landscapes using a limited palette. By 1920, with works like “Composition No. II,” Mondrian had moved towards pure geometric abstraction, characterized by the use of horizontal and vertical lines and primary colors alongside black and grey, aligning with the De Stijl group’s aesthetics.

Mondrian believed that his abstract art could serve as a universal language, capturing the dynamic forces of nature and human experience more truthfully than traditional, illusionistic depictions. His theoretical and philosophical approach to art was grounded in the idea that art reflects the underlying spirituality of nature, which he sought to express through simplification and the use of geometric forms.

“Schinkelbuurtje Sun” represents an important phase in Mondrian’s artistic development, marking a period when he was still influenced by Impressionism before his evolution into one of the most influential abstract artists of the 20th century. The painting can be explored further through resources available on, which provides a comprehensive visual art database and includes high-resolution images of Mondrian’s works.

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