Mondrian and His Studios Colour in Space
Author: Francesco Manacorda, Michael White
Publisher/Date: Tate (c. 2014) Published on the occasion of the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New paperback book in Fine condition. 160 pages. Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.5 x inches. Profusely illustrated in color and black-and-white.
Description: The enduring relevance of Dutch-born artist Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) speaks to his pioneering role in abstract art, but also to the complex relationship between his artworks, the space around them, and the belief that they were conceived to inspire. Mondrian's steady advance toward pictorial abstraction represents one of modernism's most important breakthroughs, and this book charts how he developed his style in relation to his studio and also the urban landscapes of Amsterdam, Paris, and New York City.
His studios in Amsterdam, Paris, and New York reflect different stages of the painter’s way of thinking as well as his evolving intentions. Each studio was designed to allow the artist to perform a clearly defined intellectual and social role. An eye-opening look into the spaces that inspired him, this book also explores Mondrian’s broader relationship with architecture and urbanism, particularly through a comparison of his earlier Parisian works and those made in the frenetic modern cityscape of New York.
The more than 50 color and black and white images include early successes like the radiant figurative piece The Red Mill and the tranquil Composition in Oval, along with mature masterworks like the 1927 Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue and the minimalist Composition with Double Line and Yellow. Of particular interest are the photographs of the Dutch painter in his studio, which-with its grids and squares of color-looks like an ideal habitat for his art.
Vividly illustrated with many of Mondrian’s best-known works and photographs of the artist in his studios, this intriguing book sheds new light on his creative process.