Happy Birthday #Piet_Mondrian, born March 7th 1872 in Amersfoort, The Netherlands
In 1914 the #Dutch #painter Mondrian wrote a letter to #HP_Bremmer:
I construct lines and color combinations on a flat surface, in order to express general beauty with the utmost awareness. Nature (or, that which I see) inspires me, puts me, as with any painter, in an emotional state so that an urge comes about to make something, but I want to come as close as possible to the #truth and #abstract everything from that, until I reach the foundation (still just an external foundation!) of things…
I believe it is possible that, through horizontal and vertical lines constructed with awareness, but not with calculation, led by high intuition, and brought to harmony and rhythm, these basic forms of beauty, supplemented if necessary by other direct lines or curves, can become a work of #art, as strong as it is true.
Mondrian died at the age of 71 in #NewYork and was interred in the Cypress Hills Cemetry (Brooklyn) and lived in #TheNetherlands, #Paris, #London and #NewYork. He is considered an important contributor to the #DeStijl movement.
His #non-representational art is called #neoplasticism
&Rob 2014-03-07 12:19:08