Pieter Cornelis Mondrian
was born on March 7th
He was born in Holland and
lived there for the first
eight years of his life.
His father Pieter Cornelis
was a teacher.
His uncle Frits Mondrian
was a painter.
The paintings that Piet Mondrian is
most famous for are RECTANGLES of
WHITE and PRIMARY colors (RED ,
BLUE AND YELLOW), dissected by
He did not always paint this way.
Mondrian’s first paintings are scenes
found in real life.
The painting shown below is “Avond”.
Mondrian soon became interested in
CUBISM Cubism is an artistic style in
which the subject is broken into
The painting shown below, “Still Life
with Ginger Pot”, was painted by
Mondrian in the cubist style.
Because of the influence of cubism,
Mondrian’s paintings became more and
1911-12 Still Life with Ginger Pot
(Guggenheim Museum, N.Y.C.)
Mondrian became friends with some
other artists and together they
began the new movement, De Stijl.
The movement was called De Stijl
because that was the name of the
journal that Mondrian and his
They called the movement
NEOPLASTICISM and today both
names are correct.
The members of the Stijl believed
the essence, the foundation of all
things could be found in the
STRAIGHT LINES AND
Composition in red
red, yellow and
In September 1938, Mondrian left Paris
and moved to London. He left London for
In NEW YORK he developed a more
energetic style inspired by his passion
for JAZZ and dancing, as can be seen in
the colourful 'Broadway Boogie-Woogie'
He died in New York in 1944. And thus
Mondrian achieved his goal: to become
one of the greatest painters in history.