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Friday, September 16, 2005

Mondrian remixed

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) is best known for his paintings of right-angled geometric shapes in primary colors (such as 1921's Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue, and 1943's Broadway Boogie-Woogie), a style he described as "neoplasticism." I'm guessing that the unknown designer of this tie (all the labels are gone) may have used Mondrian as a starting point and varied the angles a little bit to come up with this fabulous pattern.

Mondrian didn't hit on his primary colors pallette until around 1920; in the decade before that he painted several abstract pieces in more earthy tones, such as Composition with Gray and Light Brown (1918) and Composition with Color Areas. This period of Mondrian's art inspired the "Mondrian" wedding band from Wedding Ring Originals of New York, which my wife and I both proudly wear.

Mondrian is also a strong influence (apparently) on The White Stripes, as all of their album art is in strong primary colors, and they even named one of their albums De Stijl, after the art journal founded by Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg to promote the theories of neoplasticism.

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