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Place de la Concorde

1938–1943

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, United States

The horizontal and vertical black stripes and blocks of yellow, blue, and red against a white background create an active pattern of irregular sequences. Although this painting was named after a bustling square in Paris, it is removed from any notion of realistic reproduction. Rather, the network of lines and color blocks pulsates with the energy of the modern city that Mondrian embraced and celebrated.

Piet Mondrian fl ed from Paris in 1938 and settled in New York City a few years later, bringing with him this painting. Responding to the dynamism of the modern American city, he altered the painting, scraping away paint, widening lines, and adding bars of color. He said the blocks of color he added gave the work “more boogie woogie.”

Details

  • Title: Place de la Concorde
  • Date Created: 1938–1943
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 37 x 37 3/16 in. (93.98 x 94.46 cm)
  • Type: Paintings
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5073694/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of the James H. and Lillian Clark Foundation
  • Artist Nationality: Dutch
  • Artist: Piet Mondrian

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