Piet MondrianComposition B (No.II) with Red 1935

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Artist
Piet Mondrian (1872‑1944)
Title
Composition B (No.II) with Red
Date 1935
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 803 x 633 x 24 mm frame: 1188 x 1015 x 91 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax with additional payment (General Funds) made with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund, the Friends of the Tate Gallery and the Dr V.J. Daniel Bequest 1999.
Reference
T07560

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Accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of tax with additional payment (Grant-in-Aid) made with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Art Collections Fund and the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1999
T07560

Piet Mondrian arrived at his mature style of 'pure' abstraction around 1920, while living in Paris. He shunned all references to nature, and restricted himself to squares or rectangles of primary colours, set in white fields and bounded by intersecting straight lines. His canvases expressed, he believed, the principles of 'plastic equivalence', or what he termed 'neoplasticism'. With planes of primary colour balancing planes of non-colour (white, grey or black) and vertical lines opposing horizontal lines, and both acting to define the planes, his works embodied, he thought, principles of balance and harmony… (read more)

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