Mondrian’s Flower Painting

Piet Mondrian photographed by John Cecil Stephenson in Hampstead, c 1940

Piet Mondrian photographed by John Cecil Stephenson in Hampstead, c 1940 Estate of John Cecil Stephenson/Tate Archive

A talk by Sussex Open artist Joseph Long, exploring the lesser known flower paintings of Piet Mondrian.

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) was one of the founders of the Dutch modern movement De Stijl. He is recognized for the purity of his abstract paintings and for creating a clear, universal aesthetic language within his canvases. What many people do not know is that Mondrian also created some 150 paintings of flowers during his lifetime. In his talk Long will argue that although Mondrian mainly made images of flowers for money, he clearly loved making them, and that he found in flowers a way of expressing himself that is often concealed behind his more celebrated abstract works.

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