The Life & Career of Piet Mondrian in Pictures

2017-08-16

Immerse into this extravagant exhibition boasting all documentary works focusing on the lifetime of Dutch painter Mondrian, most especially the portraits taken by different renowned photographers during his time.

Fritz Glarner, Piet Mondrian in his studio, 353 East 56th Street, New York, 1943. Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History.; Provisional identity card issued to Piet Mondrian immediately after his arrival in New York, 3 October 1940. Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History.

Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan (changed to Mondrian) was first introduced to painting through his uncle Frits Mondriaan. When he wanted to be an artist, his father insisted to be a teacher first; and so, the artist studied by himself, both juggling two expertises. Around his 20's, he graduated, specializing on still life painting.

The extensive showcase is divided into four cities -- Amsterdam, Paris, London, and New York -- the cities which Mondrian developed and furthered himself as well as enabled him to revolutionize art. It has the largest collection of the artist -- from his paintings, letters, photographs, personal possessions, even his record collection.

André Kertész, Piet Mondrian in his studio, Paris, 1926. Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History; Portrait of Piet Mondrian in his studio, Paris, c.1935. Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History; Fritz, Glarner, Piet Mondrian in his studio, 353 East 56th street, New York, 1943. Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History; Arnold Newman, Piet Mondrian in his studio, New York, 1942. Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History.

Mondrian has been a favorite among the best portraitists -- André Kertész, Arnold Newman, Lisette Model, as well as Concrete Art pioneer Fritz Glarner.

For more information, visit the ongoing show The Discovery of Mondrian at the Gemeentemuseum in Haag. The show will close on September 4.

Charles Karsten, Piet Mondrian in his studio with (top) Lozenge Composition with Four Yellow Lines, 1933 (B241) and (bottom) Composition with Double Lines and Yellow, 1934 (B242), Paris, October 1933. Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History; Lisette Model, Opening of the ‘Masters of Abstract Art’ exhibition at Helena Rubenstein’s New Art Center, New York, 1 April 1942. Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History.; Fritz Glarner, Piet Mondrian with Broadway Boogie Woogie, New York, 1943. Collection RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History.

Images are from the press kit.

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