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Piet Mondrian's lifetime work has been an evolution process which has radically transformed the way painting represents reality. From images that reproduce the outward appearance of the world, to which we are accustomed, to compositions of lines and planes of color, a space that no longer seems to have anything in common with our immediate perception of reality.
One of the aims of this pages is to explain the reasons for this evolution by showing how to read and interpret abstract painting
in relation to everyday life and the universal themes of the human condition.


 

A VISUAL INTRODUCTION


 

 

AN OVERVIEW ON MONDRIAN'S OEUVRE >


 

 

A DETAILED EXPLANATION - While Mondrian's oeuvre as a whole constitutes a unified process with no breaks in continuity, it can be divided into five phases for explanatory purposes:


Naturalism 1893 - 1906

 

Expressionism and Symbolism 1907 - 1911

 

Cubism 1911 - 1915

 

From Cubism to Neoplasticism 1916 - 1920

 

Neoplasticism 1921 - 1944

 


EXAMINATION OF INDIVIDUAL PAINTINGS >

Evolution 1911
Pier and Ocean 4 1914
Pier and Ocean 5 1915
Checkerboards with Light
and Dark Colors 1919
Lozenge with Four
Yellow Lines 1933
Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1942-43

 

THE AUTHOR OF THESE PAGES >

Michael Sciam is an artist and art theorist. Some of his works can be seen here.
Sciam has studied architecture and art history at the university in Rome while painting had been always present in his life and gained momentum when he decided to grant his inner vision with freer ways of expression. Although he is not an art critic, Sciam writes about painting believing in a didactic and social function of art. He seeks to show the wealth of existential content that makes abstract painting a tool capable of contributing both to our understanding of today's world and to the development of tomorrow's. This is what Sciam says about his studies on Mondrian.

 

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