View from the Dunes with Beach and Piers (1909) by Piet Mondrian

View from the Dunes with Beach and Piers - Piet Mondrian - 1909

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TitleView from the Dunes with Beach and Piers
ArtistPiet Mondrian
Art MovementNeo-Impressionism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US

About View from the Dunes with Beach and Piers

“View from the Dunes with Beach and Piers” is a landscape painting created by Piet Mondrian in 1909. The artwork, rendered in oil and pencil on cardboard, exemplifies the Neo-Impressionist movement and is currently housed in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, NY, US.

This painting presents a serene coastal scene as perceived from an elevated dune perspective. The composition is divided horizontally with distinct bands of color that suggest the layers of the landscape: the sandy beach, the sea, and the sky. Broad, textured strokes of paint capture the natural elements, creating a rhythmic interplay of hues that evokes the light and atmosphere of the seaside environment. The horizon is delineated by a thin, somewhat broken line, separating the water from the sky. The depiction of the sea is dynamic, illustrated with various shades of blue accented with whites, signifying the movement of the water. The beach, rendered in warmer tones, adds a contrast to the coolness of the sea and sky. Through the style and color palette, Mondrian conveys the tranquility and expanse of the coastal landscape, years before he transitioned into his well-known abstract geometric style.

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