Piet Mondrian

Composition No. 12 with Blue

1936-1942
As a principal figure in the Dutch De Stijl movement, Piet Mondrian advocated pure abstraction. He gradually eliminated subject matter in his painting, and sought clarity, purity and order by reducing his forms to squares and rectangles, and by restricting colour to the primaries, along with black and white. He began the painting in 1936, while living in Paris, and finished it in 1942, after moving to New York, where his compositions became more dense and dynamic, reflecting the energy of the bustling metropolis.
Title
Composition No. 12 with Blue
Date
1936-1942
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
62 x 60.3 cm
Nationality
Dutch
Credit line
Purchased 1970
Accession number
15911