Monday, May 19, 2008

Urban composition à la Mondrian

This urban composition I photographed down a passageway reminded me of Piet Mondrian's (1874-1944) style that he dubbed Neo-Plasticism, which basically consisted of a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the use of the three primary colors. At one point, he even set up his studio to express the principles of his style, tacking up large rectangular placards, each in a single color or neutral hue. Smaller colored paper squares and rectangles accented the walls. I like the way the person who lives here put mesh over the window and the little air vent...to keep out bugs? By the way, Wikipedia points out that an anagram of the artist's name reveals, "I paint modern." That's spooky!

7 comments:

Kelly said...

I love the colors, and especially the little ball...it is perfect!

iBlowfish said...

Hi Bibi, I'm so out of art's history. But I really like what I see in your picture, which is remind me of what Mies van Der Rohe said, less is more. Well done.

Nathalie said...

The lines would have needed to be perfectly vertical to really make it work, but I like Mondrian's work.

USelaine said...

Great color and cropping - a fellow appreciator of walls!

babooshka said...

Well spotted. The anagram is a spooky and absolutely spot on. I like a percentage of modern art, usually small and much prefer your phographed homage to possibly, the real article. So vivid.

Petrea said...

Oooh, this is magnificent! I love your choice and framing.

parlance said...

Love those colours.
I just asked my sister, who's doing a design course, why that yellow works so well with the green and she says she thinks they are 'double-split complementary' colours. She thinks...
Well, sounds like double-dutch to me so I'll just repeat - love those colours!