Trafalgar Square (1939 – 1943) by Piet Mondrian

Trafalgar Square - Piet Mondrian - 1939 - 1943

Artwork Information

TitleTrafalgar Square
ArtistPiet Mondrian
Date1939 - 1943
Dimensions145.2 x 120 cm
Art MovementNeoplasticism

About Trafalgar Square

The artwork titled “Trafalgar Square” was created by artist Piet Mondrian between 1939 and 1943. This abstract painting is a work of oil on canvas, measuring 145.2 x 120 cm. It is a rendition in Mondrian’s distinctive style, associated with the art movement known as Neoplasticism.

The painting is a classic example of Mondrian’s abstract compositions. It features a grid of black lines creating a mesh of rectangular spaces. The vast majority of the rectangles are filled with white, but there are sporadic blocks colored in the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow. These blocks of color are unevenly distributed, with the yellow concentrated toward the left side of the composition, while instances of red and blue appear both on the left and the right, albeit sparsely and with variation in size. The entire composition is balanced yet dynamic, reflecting Mondrian’s search for a universal form of beauty through the reduction of elements to their simplest form and the use of asymmetrical balance.

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