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1917

Composition in line, 1916/ Compositie in Lijn, 1916/17 (Second state)

1917- The first number of De Stijl, edited by Theo van Doesburg appears in October.The Neo-plastic phase: composition in Line, begun in 1916 in the “plus-minus” manner, and completed in early 1917 in the new manner, can be regarded as the first work of the New Plastic. This is the year in which Mondrian created his first geometric compositions in rectangular planes. Mondrian also calls his work: Abstract-Real Art at this time. (Neo-Plastique Neo-Plasticisme, 1920).
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Compositie in Kleur B (Composition in Colour B), 1917

1917- The first number of De Stijl, edited by Theo van Doesburg appears in October.The Neo-plastic phase: composition in Line, begun in 1916 in the “plus-minus” manner, and completed in early 1917 in the new manner, can be regarded as the first work of the New Plastic. This is the year in which Mondrian created his first geometric compositions in rectangular planes. Mondrian also calls his work: Abstract-Real Art at this time. (Neo-Plastique Neo-Plasticisme, 1920).
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Composition with Colour Planes 2, 1917

1917- The first number of De Stijl, edited by Theo van Doesburg appears in October.The Neo-plastic phase: composition in Line, begun in 1916 in the “plus-minus” manner, and completed in early 1917 in the new manner, can be regarded as the first work of the New Plastic. This is the year in which Mondrian created his first geometric compositions in rectangular planes. Mondrian also calls his work: Abstract-Real Art at this time. (Neo-Plastique Neo-Plasticisme, 1920).
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1918

Self Portrait, 1918

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Throughout his lifetime Piet Mondrian moved back and fourth from Holland to Paris onto to London and finally New York, moving either because of his need to place himself within a certain social complexity that would evidently also change painting style, or moving because of the treat of foreshadowing war thru both WWI and WWII. Along his way he acquired a language of many styles, evolving his own work with an incredible lineality. Learning to paint in a style of lassic Dutch realism, he painted portraits, still life’s, and naturalist landscapes. He learned new styles with incredible speed and understanding, often painting better than his colleagues and even masters. His work quickly moved thru luminist, and divisionist phases to abstract expressionist, pointillist, and cubist,finally ending with his well-known primary colored neoplastic phase, or new image phase. Mondrian was also a very eloquent writer, and visionary, writing several articles on his theories of the combining of all the arts. He wrote of a new world where all the arts including: painting, sculpture, architecture, music, theater would combine as one entity called the new image, the neo-plastic (neoplasticism). He was partly responsible for creating De Stijl (the style) magazine, a collective of mainly artists and architects who wanted modernism to become a well-known international idea and practice. Mondrian’s work would help from design schools such as the Bauhaus, and end up having a tremendous effect on the arts from graphic design to fashion and architecture.

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