Composition X (1912-1913) by Piet MondrianMuseum Folkwang
'Like many other European artists, the Dutchman Piet Mondrian profited from exchanges with creative currents in pre-war Paris (before 1914), where numerous artists and artist groups, including the 'Fauves' and the Cubists, experimented with new pictorial forms. From Holland Mondrian had brought with him ideas and motifs which he subjected to radical transformation, especially under the influence of George Braque.'
Tableau no. 1 (1913) by Piet MondriaanThe Kröller-Müller Museum
'Influence Initially, Piet Mondriaan painted in the naturalistic style of the Hague School. Curious about the latest developments in the art, such as the cubism of Picasso and Braque, Mondriaan leaves for Paris in 1911.'
Composition in colour A (1917) by Piet MondriaanThe Kröller-Müller Museum
'De Stijl Piet Mondriaan, together with Bart van der Leck and Theo van Doesburg, establish the De Stijl movement in 1917.'
Composition with Grid #1 (1918) by Piet MondrianThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
'In 1917, Piet Mondrian helped to found the Dutch art group de Stijl (the Style), among the most idealistic and severe of the early Abstract movements.'
Composition en rouge, jaune et bleu Composition in Red, Yellow and Blue (1927) by Piet MondrianMuseum Folkwang
'In talking with artists and architects, Mondrian became convinced that Neo-Plasticism -- as this new form was called - would first be fulfilled in architecture.'
Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow (1930) by Piet MondrianKunsthaus Zürich
'After a Cubist phase built entirely on the contrast between light and dark, in 1920 Mondrian found his own style, which he dubbed 'Neoplasticism'.'