Piet Mondrian The Tree A c.1913

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Artist
Piet Mondrian 1872–1944
Title
The Tree A
Arbre
Date c.1913
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1003 x 673 mm
frame: 1047 x 718 x 50 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1977
Reference
T02211
Not on display

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Mondrian’s fascination with trees developed out of his earlier landscape painting. This is one of his last paintings of trees and is based on realistic sketches made in the Netherlands. After settling in Paris and absorbing the influence of Cubism, Mondrian reworked the image almost to abstraction. The trunk and branches are condensed to a network of verticals and horizontals. He acknowledged the inspiration of nature but added, ‘I want to come as close as possible to the truth, and abstract everything from that until I reach the foundation of things’.

April 2013

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