Cubism and early abstraction

De Stijl

Members of the De Stijl movement used abstract, geometric principles and primary colors in painting, sculpture, design, and architecture.

1917 - 1931

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TateShots: Piet Mondrian
TateShots: Piet Mondrian

Can color just be color, rather than representing something else? Step into Mondrian’s studio to find out.

Mondrian, <em>Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow</em>
Mondrian, Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow

Mondrian believed that abstraction provided a truer picture of reality than illusionistic depictions of objects.

Piet Mondrian, <em>Composition No. II, with Red and Blue</em>
Piet Mondrian, Composition No. II, with Red and Blue

This painting is purely abstract, but Mondrian hasn’t obliterated his own hand—step closer to see the brushstrokes.

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