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Mondriaan, op weg naar abstractie

Mondrian, the path to abstraction Exhibition: 21 December 2002 - 20 April 2003


Hans Janssen and Joop M. Joosten.

From the museum website

This exhibition examines stylistic developments in the work of Piet Mondrian between 1892 and 1914. Beginning with Dutch landscapes in the tradition of the Hague School, he quickly discovered Cubism and went on during his Paris period (1912 – 1914) to experiment with styles like Pointillism, Fauvism, Expressionism and Geometrical Synthetism. Under the influence of Theosophy, he painted esoteric triptychs. Eventually, he abandoned figuration entirely in order to explore rhythm, form and composition. This exhibition includes 110 works drawn from collections in various countries and has previously been seen in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.


Hans Janssen and Joop M. Joosten, Mondrian 1892-1914: the path to abstraction, Zwolle (Waanders) 2002. ISBN 90-400-8708-3 (hardbound), 90-400-8695-8 (paperbound).

French edition: Mondrian 1892 à 1914: les chemins de l’abstraction, Paris (Réunion des musées nationaux) 2002. ISBN 2-7118-4336-X.

Other venues

Paris, Musée d’Orsay (27 March-17 July 2002)

Fort Worth, the Kimbell Art Museum (8 August 2002).