Abstract Styles:

Abstract Artists:

   Pablo Picasso
   Georges Braque

    Piet Mondrian

Abstract Expressionism:
  Mark Rothko
  Jackson Pollock

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Piet Mondrian "Lozenge Composition with Yellow, Black, Blue, Red, and Gray"

     Piet Mondrian was born on March 7, 1872 in Amerfoort, Netherlands.  He studied at the Amsterdam Academy of Fine Arts and in his early works he painted landscapes using pretty colors (grays, mauves, and dark greens).

     In 1908 he began to paint in brighter colors.  This was mainly because of the influence of Dutch painter Toorop.  Mondrain felt that Toorop was trying to go beyond nature and wanted to imitate that style.

 Mill in Sunlight
     Mondrain moved to Paris in 1911 and began to try cubism.  He started out using analytical cubism and eventually he moved into seminaturlism.  He also painted several series of paintings including a series of Trees and Scaffoldings.

 Gray Tree
    Not long after, in 1917, Mondrian met Theo van Doesbug and founded De Stijl, an art magazine.  This is the time that Mondrian began to practice and develop  Neoplasticism

 Composition ...
He moved to New York City in 1940 and his artwork became less severe and his colors became more bright.  Mondrian died on February 1, 1944.

 Broadway Boogie Woogie