Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow, and Black
On View In:
Gallery 377
Artist:   Piet Mondrian  
Title:   Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow, and Black  
Date:   1922  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   16 1/2 x 19 1/4in. (41.9 x 48.9cm) 22 x 24 5/8 x 2 1/2 in. (55.88 x 62.55 x 6.35 cm) (outer frame, plexi box dimensions)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Bruce B. Dayton  
Location:   Gallery 377  

Like many artists living in Paris in 1912, Piet Mondrian fell under the influence of Cubism. Back in Holland by 1914, he began his own experiments with abstraction, reducing natural forms to simplified geometric patterns. Unlike the Cubists, however, he eventually abandoned nature even as a starting point for his work, relying instead on a rational and intellectual style that he called Neo-Plasticism.

Name:   Mondrian, Piet  
Nationality:   Dutch  
Life Dates:   Dutch, 1872 - 1944  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature and Date LL (in black oil): [PM '22]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Geometric motifs with red yellow black and blue  
Creation Place:   Europe, Netherlands, , ,  
Accession #:   65.5  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts