Collection: Courtesy Tate Collection: Purchased 1964

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© DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2014

Avoiding references to the real world, and using only the primary colors (red, blue, and yellow), the primary values (black, white, and grey), and the primary directions (horizontal and vertical), Piet Mondrian created abstract paintings through which he sought to reveal universal harmony and order. This idealistic pursuit was shared by his fellow Dutch painter Theo van Doesburg. Together they cofounded the pioneering and highly influential movement De Stijl (The Style) in 1917. Through De Stijl, Mondrian and van Doesburg galvanized an artistic response to what they believed would be the beginning of a new era after World War I, where art and life would be integrated. His Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow (1930), with its gridded black lines locking squares of color into a geometric composition, exemplifies the visual vocabulary he created to express his ideas.

High auction record
$50.6m, Christie's, 2015
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
Piet Mondrian - Screenprints 1957William Weston Gallery Ltd.
2014
Mondrian and ColourTurner Contemporary
Mondrian and his StudiosTate Liverpool
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Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red, 1937-1942

Oil paint on canvas
28 3/5 × 27 1/5 in
72.7 × 69.2 cm
Location
London
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Collection: Courtesy Tate Collection: Purchased 1964

Medium
Image rights
© DACS, London/VAGA, New York 2014

Avoiding references to the real world, and using only the primary colors (red, blue, and yellow), the primary values (black, white, and grey), and the primary directions (horizontal and vertical), Piet Mondrian created abstract paintings through which he sought to reveal universal harmony and order. This idealistic pursuit was shared by his fellow Dutch painter Theo van Doesburg. Together they cofounded the pioneering and highly influential movement De Stijl (The Style) in 1917. Through De Stijl, Mondrian and van Doesburg galvanized an artistic response to what they believed would be the beginning of a new era after World War I, where art and life would be integrated. His Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow (1930), with its gridded black lines locking squares of color into a geometric composition, exemplifies the visual vocabulary he created to express his ideas.

High auction record
$50.6m, Christie's, 2015
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015
Other works by Piet Mondrian
Other works from Whitechapel Gallery
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