House on the Gein

Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872-1944) – House on the Gein, 1900 (Watercolor and gouache on paper) – Is a good instance of Mondrian’s manner and ideas around 1900, when he was twenty-eight and had just started painting landscapes in the surroundings of Amsterdam… Typical of the early Mondrian is the loose brush stroke, giving the impression of a direct oil sketch of the subject in the open air. This picturesque touch is characteristic of most of Mondrian’s work during these years, not only the studies but also the finished paintings, it is probably one of his earliest accomplishments as a painter. A free flexible stroke was to remain a distinctive feature of his work down to his last pictures, his brushwork, mark of the experienced painter, always gave Mondrian’s canvases their special vividness… In this approach, in this conception of nature, young Mondrian shows his individuality and independence.

Piet Mondrian - House on the Gein


Piet Mondrian: Farm Near Duivendrecht, in the Evening

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944): Farm Near Duivendrecht, in the Evening (c.1916): strong lines dominate this scene of a farmhouse at twilight. The dwindling light at the end of the day creates a halo of vibrant orange around the interlocking web of barren trees, highlighting the linear patterns created by their branches. Piet Mondrian often visited this farm near Duivendrecht, a small village near Amsterdam, and made many paintings of the building and surrounding trees. This scene captures his attentiveness to the nuances of light, shadow, and reflection. The painting simultaneously hints at the artist’s growing interest in the flattening of forms and the linear structures of his later fully abstract paintings…

Piet Mondrian Farm Near Duivendrecht, in the Evening