Piet Mondrian

Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue


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Piet Mondrian 1872–1944
Oil paint on canvas
Unconfirmed: 560 × 552 mm
frame: 717 × 708 × 64 mm
Lent from a private collection 1981
On long term loan

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Mondrian used a simple visual language in his work. This composition is a clear example of his technique. It consists of horizontal and vertical lines in black, with planes of white. It also features the three primary colours, from which all other colours are made by mixing. Through the structure and order of the elements, Mondrian was suggesting an idealised view of society. Each individual element contributes to the overall composition of the work. This was intended to symbolise the relationship between the individual and the collective.

Gallery label, June 2021

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