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Mondriaan began as a painter of landscapes in muted tones. His mature style comprised compositions of black horizontal and vertical lines and blocks of white, grey and the primary colours: red, yellow and blue. The absolute harmony he sought reached beyond art alone. He wrote: 'Art is only a substitute as long as the beauty of life is deficient. It will disappear in proportion as life gains an equilibrium.'
|Title||Composition no II|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
|Location||This object is on view in room 05|
Width : 52 cm
Height : 52 cm
Painter: Piet Mondriaan
|Accession number||1542 (MK)|
|Credits||Schenking van vrienden van de kunstenaar / Donation of friends of the artist: 1929|
|Age maker||About 57 years old|
|Exhibitions|| The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
|External exhibitions|| 'Charley Toorop' (2010)
De Stijl (2010)
|Material||Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique|
|Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique|
|Object||Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object|
|Geographical origin||The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
All about the maker
Amersfoort 1872 - New York 1944
Piet Mondriaan first painted mainly naturalistic landscapes. From 1907 his work changed under the influence of theosophical ideas. He developed the theory of 'n..