Tableau I (1921) by Piet Mondrian

Tableau I - Piet Mondrian - 1921

Artwork Information

TitleTableau I
ArtistPiet Mondrian
Dimensions96.5 x 60.5 cm
Art MovementNeoplasticism
Current LocationMuseum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

About Tableau I

“Tableau I” is an abstract painting by Piet Mondrian created in 1921 using oil on canvas. It is a notable piece within the Neoplasticism movement, which Mondrian himself co-founded. The painting measures 96.5 by 60.5 cm and currently resides in the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany.

This artwork is characterized by a composition of rectangular blocks of color, predominantly using primary colors, which are segmented by thick, black horizontal and vertical lines, a hallmark of Mondrian’s style. The layout is asymmetrical but balanced, with areas of red, yellow, white, blue, and gray that create a dynamic interplay. The use of stark black lines against these colors provides a sense of order and a flatness that is central to Mondrian’s philosophical and artistic pursuits in his quest to depict the essence of the harmony and order underlying our world.

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