Sunday, March 17, 2013

Broadway Boogie Woogie: Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondriaan (Mondrian) was a Netherlands born artist; however, later in life he noticed that as is paintings began to develop a more European style he also began to feel more European and soon changed his name to Mondrian. Mondrian was greatly influenced by fauvism and pointillism  He created his own artistic doctrine known a Neoplasticism, a philosophy rooted in Theosophy - a philosophy focused on understanding the mysteries of the universe and the factors that unite the universe  humanity, and divinity. Mondrian's doctrine of Neoplasticism eventually led to the De Stijle art movement. The Neoplasticism doctrine includes the following artistic stipulations:

  •   The composition may only contain primary colors and non-colors. 
  • The composition must be made from a rectangular plane or prism.
  • Opposition is used for aesthetic balance.
  • The composition may only use straight lines or rectangular shapes. 
  • The composition must avoid symmetry.
  • Balance and rhythm of the composition must be achieved through proportion and location. 
In the composition Broadway Boogie Woogie displayed below illustrates each of the doctrines stipulations to create a painting of movement and Arial perspective. 


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