Piet Mondrian


Artist Biography:

Pieter Cornelis "Piet" Mondrian (1872 - 1944) Mondrian was born in Holland and was brought up as a strict Protestant. He qualified as a teacher and started his career in primary education but while teaching he also practised painting. He experimented with many different styles including naturalistic, impressionist and painting many landscapes of his native country. His work in the early days was also influenced by pointillism and fauvism. In 1911 he moved to Paris and the influence of cubism, as evidenced by Picasso and Braque, started to appear almost immediately in his work. He spent the duration of the First World War back in Holland and continued his journey towards abstraction. As soon as the War finished, he returned to France, where he remained until 1938, when he moved firstly to London and then in 1940 to New York, where he remained until his death.

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