🇳🇱3/7 - Piet Mondrian’s Birthday

Piet Mondrian, one of the pioneers of 20th abstract artist, was born.

• Born: March 7, 1872
• Died: February 1, 1944
• Education: Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
• Known for: Painting
• Notable Work: Evening; Red Tree, Gray Tree, Composition with Red Blue and Yellow
• Movement: De Stijl, abstract art

Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan, after 1906 Piet Mondrian, was a Dutch painter and art theoretician who is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His art was highly utopian and was concerned with a search for universal values and aesthetics. Mondrian's work had an enormous influence on 20th century art, influencing not only the course of abstract painting and numerous major styles and art movements (e.g. Color Field painting, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism), but also fields outside the domain of painting, such as design, architecture and fashion. Design historian Stephen Bayley said: "Mondrian has come to mean Modernism. His name and his work sum up the High Modernist ideal. I don't like the word 'iconic', so let's say that he's become totemic – a totem for everything Modernism set out to be."

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