BT 2 Q1b)

Umm. I can’t remember the question, so I edited it from Audrey‘s. (-Edit- Ok I have now taken the question from Yi Jing’s blog.) It’s funny how I’m always so insecure and leave a couple of lines (in case I need to write more) after each answer in aep block tests. And this happens only, in aep block tests.

1(b) With the reference to another named work by Piet Mondrian, discuss the two major influences on his earlier paintings and the progression of his practice from 1908 to 1921.

A later painting done by Mondrian was called Composition with Red Black, Yellow Black and Blue, 1921. (I must confess: this title is bogus. I had gotten confused with the name, and was only sure that it had been done in 1921. and that there was a “Red Black” somewhere. So I kinda went with my gut feeling and wrote that.) This painting was a huge jump from Grey Tree as the painting consisted of only the primary colours, red, blue and yellow and of only black, bold vertical lines. Such a jump was fueled by the Industrial Revolution and the belief that paintings should achieve a higher reality to convey the language of painting and composition. Earlier on, Mondrian had been influenced by the Industrial Revolution and believed in man’s progression in man-made things like rubber and metal. He hated nature, and felt that it would not last forever, as compared to man-made materials that were not bio-degradable and would last much much longer than that of natural materials. He was influenced by Neoplasticism and started his own art movement De Stijl. During this progression, he slowly turned to using horizontal and vertical lines, eliminating diagonal and curved lines. He hated diagonal lines are he believed that they contained “too much emotion”. He felt that one should throw away man’s subjectivity for God’s objectivity. Eventually, as seen in Composition with Red, Yellow Black and Blue in 1921, his paintings had been reduced to only horizontal and vertical lines with block of pure primary colours. He pursued to achieve the higher reality to convey the language of painting. Mondrian’s paintings were about composition, and were used to spark feelings of harmony, unity and happiness in viewers.


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