What is the first piece that comes to mind when you think about the words "modern or contemporary art"?
More than anything, people said:
1. Andy Warhol's "Marilyn"
2. Picasso's "Still Life with Guitar"
3. Mondrian's "Composition Series"
This to me makes perfect sense. Even saying the word "Mondrian", your mind suddenly flashes into a geometric ballet of lines that criss cross against your pupils.
Personally when I close my eyes, I too, see Mondrian in my mind, swimming in a sea of straight lines through hot and cool tubes into mind flattening white sectioned off emptiness. It is the mathematical precision that speaks of logic and harmony and at times, to myself in isolation.
The point to this piece is not only to recreate in homage to the artist but ultimately understand the direction of its creation and in turn tell a little history about the piece and why it happened.
Piet Mondrian was a contributor to the "De Stijl" ("the style") Art movement. De Stijl was a movement that held a utopian ideology of order and harmony. The geometry of the straight line, the reduction of form and colour into primary basics and pathways of only vertical and horizontal directions communicated a sense of direction and harmony.
This movement deemed to be a response to the chaos and bloodshed of World War One. The movement operated in effect to the social response of the war and emulated a spring bloom/new beginnings approach, by focusing on order, simplicity and quiet control.
Piet furthered this movement by creating his own sub-movement "Neo-plasticism" which sought to dismiss the appearance of natural forms and hues and focused on abstraction of them, this essentially being of primary colours and straight horizontal and vertical lines. EVERYTHING that Mondrian did was on the principle of straight lines and primary colours.
Mondrian, while vastly popular in his day, flourished most significantly following his death when in 1965 Algerian born designer Yves Saint Laurent produced a wool jersey with the replica of Mondrian's composition series. From this collection produced the trend of colour blocking which spread the Mondrian style through fashion, television, housewares and beyond.