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Mondrian Umbrella - MoMa - Composition Red, Yellow and Blue

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This Mondrian Umbrella is from the MoMa collection.

The painting that inspired this patch consists of geometric figures, in particular, variations of squares and rectangles. The painting was born from the “˜De Stijl’ movement, one of the major modern movements focused on Neo-Plasticism and founded by Mondrian. The horizontal lines signify a sense of rest and calm, while the vertical lines communicate a sense of height. Working together as an overall piece, the lines create a sense of stability and solidarity. Mondrian was attempting to portray this sense of stability through his paintings and evoke feelings of an utopian society rather than face the instability of the world in its current state.

In his career and in his life Mondrian went through different phases. He started with classic landscape painting with a realist style and refined portraits with numerous details. Then in the search of his own style and true expression he was enlightened by simplicity. He re-found himself in a painting style based on essential shapes and basic colors. This would turn out to be the peak of his artist career and what he eventually became famous for. He decided to strip down his style from all unnecessary addition and artifacts. In his quest for purity, he started to work on compositions only built with primary colors and geometric lines. This new minimalist approach was to him the best representation of aesthetics. More details on Mondrian Umbrella - MoMa - Composition Red, Yellow and Blue:


  • Artist: Mondrian.
  • Work: Composition with Red, Blue, Black, Yellow, and Gray (1921).
  • Material: Aluminum, plastic, polyester, rubber.
  • Dimensions: 42 Inches Diameter.


Mondrian was a Dutch painter, widely regarded as the founder of Modern art. The Bauhaus immediately referenced his work when discussing his lines, simplified colors and aesthetical appeal. His work inspired the Minimalist movement as well as far-reached impacts across all kinds of modern and post-modern culture. Mondrian greatly contributed to the De Stijl art movement. He created a non-representational form recognized by its white ground, topped with a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors. One of his most famous compositions in this style is Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow. Mondrian believed that the composition of the most fundamental aspects of line and color was the total realization of true beauty. Painter’s work continues to have an immense impact on the development of modern art. Eventually, he influenced Art movements including the Bauhaus and Minimalism. He influenced the fashion designs of Yves Saint Laurent. He also inspired the design for the cover of The White Stripes 2000 album, De Stijl.


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