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Field with Young Trees in the Foreground

Piet Mondrianc. 1907

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This painting depicts a field around the hamlet of Oele in the eastern Netherlands, where Mondrian lived during the summer of 1907. The evocative mood created by the trees silhouetted against a twilight sky suggests that Mondrian’s search for spirituality was present before he began painting completely abstract or non-objective compositions in 1916. Guided by readings in metaphysics and philosophy, Mondrian sought to achieve a higher spiritual reality in his paintings, which eventually led him to eliminate all representational elements in favor of a style of pure geometric abstraction.

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  • Title: Field with Young Trees in the Foreground
  • Creator: Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872-1944)
  • Date Created: c. 1907
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 82.5 x 97 x 5.8 cm (32 1/2 x 38 3/16 x 2 5/16 in.); Unframed: 65.7 x 72 cm (25 7/8 x 28 3/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Frank Stella [1936- ] New York, NY by gift to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1971.220
  • Medium: oil on paper laid on board
  • Fun Fact: Mondrian was a prolific writer drawn to spiritual studies and he believed that art and philosophy were deeply interconnected.
  • Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: Netherlands, 20th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of Frank Stella
  • Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
  • Accession Number: 1971.220

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