Piet Mondrian, a pivotal figure in the evolution of abstract art, created “Stammer Mill with Streaked Sky” between 1905 and 1906. This piece is an exemplar of his early work, showcasing his Impressionist style before he became synonymous with the De Stijl movement and its characteristic abstract compositions. The painting depicts a landscape, specifically featuring a mill, under a sky marked by dynamic brushstrokes that suggest movement and perhaps the tumultuous energy of an oncoming storm.
The artwork measures 73.6 x 96.5 cm and is executed in oil on canvas. While the exact location of this painting is noted as being part of a private collection, it stands out as a significant piece within Mondrian’s oeuvre for its demonstration of his artistic journey. It contrasts sharply with his later, more famous works such as “Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow” from 1930, which epitomize his contribution to Neoplasticism—a style characterized by a reduction to the essentials of form and color.
This painting, along with others like “Broadway Boogie Woogie,” completed in 1942-43, and “Composition No. II,” which fetched a record price at auction, reflects the breadth of Mondrian’s artistic exploration and his lasting impact on the world of art.