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Composition no II

Piet Mondriaan (in 1929)

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
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 05
Dimensions (general) Width : 52 cm
Height : 52 cm
Makers Painter: Piet Mondriaan
Accession number 1542 (MK)
Credits Schenking van vrienden van de kunstenaar / Donation of friends of the artist: 1929
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 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

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Piet Mondriaan

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..