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Piet Mondrian was born Pieter Cornelius Mondriaan in 1872 in Amersfoort, Holland into a strict Calvinist family. At 14 he completed his primary education. His father, the headmaster of a primary school and a drawing instructor himself, supported his son’s decision to study for a diploma teaching free hand drawing in primary and secondary schools. Mondrian's first exhibition of two drawings in 1890 received favorable reviews. Completing his diploma in 1892, he moved to Amsterdam and received a grant to study painting at the Rijksacademie (Royal Academy). During the four years of his studies he supported himself by giving private lessons, copying museum works, doing scientific drawings, and occasionally selling a landscape painting.

From 1897 to 1909 Mondrian painted scenes of Dutch landscapes with mills, trees, farms, and the Gien River near Amsterdam.

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Schilderij No.1: Lozenge with two lines and blue, 1926
Schilderij No.1: Lozenge with two lines and blue, 1926
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