Artist Study: Piet Mondrian

Learn about famous artists and then create a project inspired by them.

by Audra Keefe

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Piet Mondrian: Lines and Color


Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter and a pioneer of abstract art. Although his art was inspired by the geometry found in nature, his goal was to abstract these things until they were unrecognizable. He proclaimed in 1914: “Art should be above reality, otherwise it would have no value for man.”


Mondrian eventually decided to limit his artistic vocabulary to the three primary colors (red, blue, and yellow), the three primary values (black, white, and gray) and the two primary directions (horizontal and vertical).


Although Mondrian’s paintings were asymmetrical, he was always striving for visual balance.


HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF HIS WORK



PROJECT IDEA

Using Mondrian’s work as inspiration

  • Use a piece of white paper, coloring tools (markers, paint, pencils, or crayons), and a ruler to recreate your own version of a Mondrian composition.

  • Create strong black vertical and horizontal lines.

  • Color different areas of the composition in red, blue, yellow, and gray.




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