“Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.”
Piet Mondrian exhibited for the first time at the age of twenty-one. When he came into contact with Cubism, it was the beginning of an increasingly rigorous path toward complete, non-objective abstraction. By 1920–1921 he had achieved what he called “Neo-Plasticism,” a style characterized by horizontal and vertical lines and planes of primary colors, each avoiding individuality, regularity, and references to nature. His belief that this new language of painting would meld with a new social dynamic was shared by other artists and architects, and together they founded the De Stijl movement.
Let Mondrian inspire your students to:
- Use colored tape and construction paper to create a map of their neighborhood or the floor plan of their school.
- Create a sun-catcher using clear contact paper and color transparencies.
- Arrange Post-It notes or paint chips on a large piece of paper then add black masking tape to create lines across the page.
- Create geometric jewelry using Shrinky Dinks and colored Sharpies.
Mondrian: Coloring Page, Enchanted Learning
Find out more from The Museum of Modern Art:
View from the Dunes with Beach and Piers, Domburg, gallery label text
Trafalgar Square, gallery label text