Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Blocks of Color



Composition by Piet Mondrian, Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York.

Working to build his paintings from the simplest elements of lines and basic colors, Mondrian believed that he could control the line and color and control the art. He was the leader of the De Stijl movement in art.

What about this? More artistic than the Klein?

4 comments:

Hay Kranen said...

I don't think Mondrian was the leader of 'De Stijl'. That honour goes to Theo van Doesburg, who founded the magazine, was the main editor and kept in contact with all the participating artists. Mondrian did found De Stijl, together with Van Doesburg, in 1917, but left it in 1925 when he had a disagreement with Van Doesburg about his use of 45-degree turned lines in his works and the fact that Van Doesburg had contact with other art groups such as the Bauhaus in Germany.

Martha said...

Thank you for the additional info.

Anonymous said...

I do believe this one is more artistic then the last one. The line quality, and variation of colors... Maybe it says something, but it really doesn't have to, it fits... Even now days you can have an entire home, that looks like this painting...

Not that you couldn't do something with the last one. But you can't create a color, he just named a color. And the name of a color doesn't always stick. Unless it is Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet or some variation (Green-Blue, Red-Orange) the "Name" of a color isn't known.

You can call a color "Salmon" but how many people (Other then artists) know exactly what color that is? Most would say it's a fish.

So to dedicate a painting to your new Color, one that most people would look at and say, "Blue" seems a little far fetched...

Don't get me wrong, I do think it is a great study in a color. The evenness of the color. That kind of thing...

Jerry said...

>But you can't create a color, he just named a color.

Probably one of the reasons he did it was that the consensus would be that you couldn't do it. Music is another art that sometimes see progress by breaking of rules to the extent it's shocking, or perceived as "not really music" in it's day.

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