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Author Blotkamp, Carel, author

Title Mondrian : the art of destruction / Carel Blotkamp
Edition Paperback edition
Published London : Reaktion, 2001
London : Reaktion Books, 2001


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Description 261 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents The path of ascension, away from matter : the years to 1914 -- Natural reality and abstract reality : 1914-19 -- The content of all art is one : Neo-plasticist painting and the other arts -- Centres of magnetism - Paris, London, New York : 1919-44
Summary This volume analyzes the interrelation between Dutch artist Piet Mondrian's (1872-1944) paintings and his theories on art and life as expressed in public writings and (largely unpublished) letters. Mondrian was an important contributor to the De Stijl art movement and group, which was founded by Theo van Doesburg. He evolved a non-representational form which he termed Neo-Plasticism. This consisted of white ground, upon which was painted a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors. The author concentrates on his paintings, the artist's major achievement, examining the influences that shaped his art: Fauvism and Cubism, the work of Bart van der Leck, De Stijl and the Parisian art world during the 1920s. The author concludes that Mondrian appears not as an isolated figure, but as an artist who took a keen interest in the world around him, a veritable avant-garde painter who saw his role as a creator of a new, modern culture
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliography (pages 241-255) and index
Subject Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944 -- Philosophy.
Painting, Abstract -- Netherlands.
Neoplasticism -- Netherlands.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Author Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944.
ISBN 1861891008 (paperback)