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The figurative Mondrian

75 min visit

Marmottan-Claude Monet Museum
12 Sep → 26 Jan 2020
Tue to Sun from 10 am to 6 pm. Nocturnal Thu until 8 pm. Closed Mon.

« Key works. An invitation to discover another Mondrian!  »

A member of the De Stijl group, Piet Mondrian is best known for his early, pared-down abstract paintings and his squares of red, yellow and blue. Many people think that after a classical training, he paints figurative works and that as artistic developments progress, he switches to geometric abstraction. Mondrian was able to paint an abstract painting with refined lines the same year and then move on to a figurative work. Mondrian turns out to be a seeker of shapes, colours and meaning. Thus, from the age of 19 to 50, he was a painter both figurative and abstract. Gathering about sixty first-rate paintings, selected by Mondrian himself around 1920 for his greatest collector Salomon B. Slijper, and presented exclusively in Paris, the exhibition reveals this unknown face of the artist. Landscapes, portraits and flower paintings marked by Impressionism, Luminism, the Fauves and Symbolism face the occasional Cubist and Neoplasticist compositions. Organized in partnership with the Kuntsmuseum Den Haag, it shows the artist as one of the first colourists of his time and one of the great masters of 20th century figurative painting.


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