Piet Mondrian
No. VI / Composition No.II 1920

Artwork details

Piet Mondrian 1872–1944
No. VI / Composition No.II
Date 1920
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 997 x 1003 mm
frame: 1163 x 1163 x 62 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1967
Not on display

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An early example of Mondrian's pure geometric abstraction, this painting dates from his involvement with the De Stijl group. The strict use of horizontal and vertical lines and primary colours with black and grey is characteristic of De Stijl. Mondrian's aim to evoke a spiritual equilibrium was influenced by the mysticism of Theosophy, which sought universal order. He had been working with chequerboard grids before he began this painting, which introduced greater variety. He told van Doesburg: 'now I do not always keep to the proportional division'.

August 2004