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“Composition with Red Blue and Yellow” by Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondriaan, 1930 - Mondrian Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow

“Composition with Red Blue and Yellow” by Piet Mondrian is a well-known work of abstraction in which thick, black brushwork defines the borders of the different geometric figures. The black brushwork is minimal but it is masterfully applied to become one of the defining features of the work.

This painting is a product of the Dutch De Stijl movement and Mondrian is regarded as the most prominent artist of the movement. He proclaimed in 1914:

“Art is higher than reality and has no direct relation to reality. To approach the spiritual in art, one will make as little use as possible of reality, because the reality is opposed to the spiritual.”

Piet Mondrian first studied in Amsterdam before moving to Paris in 1910, where he was introduced to Cubism, a major influence to his work. Returning to the Netherlands and being forced into an extended stay due to the outbreak of World War I, he made many important connections that led to the establishment of De Stijl. Mondrian then went on to become one of the pioneers of 20th-century abstract art,  as he moved from figurative painting to an increasingly abstract style, until he reached a point where his artistic vocabulary was reduced to the three primary colours and simple geometric elements.


Composition with Red Blue and Yellow:

  • Title:                      Composition with Red Blue and Yellow
  • Français :             Composition avec rouge, bleu et jaune
  • Deutsch:                Komposition mit Rot, Blau und Gelb
  • Artist:                    Piet Mondrian
  • Year:                      1930
  • Material:              Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:        Height: 46 cm (18.1 in). Width: 46 cm (18.1 in).
  • Museum:              Kunsthaus Zürich

Piet Mondrian:

  • Name:              Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan
  • Born:                1872 – Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • Died:                1944 (aged 71) – Manhattan, New York, U.S.
  • Nationality:    Dutch
  • Movement:    De Stijl, abstract art
  • Notable works:


“I invent nothing, I rediscover.” Auguste Rodin



Photo Credit: Piet Mondrian [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons