Mary Springer, Art & Design
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Piet Mondrian, a famously recognized De Stijl artist in the 1900s, changed the course of modern art through his stylistic accomplishments and innovative works. He was originally an impressionistic landscape painter that was focused on academic rules; however, he was influenced by cubism through Cezanne and Picasso and had a breakthrough in his interpretation of true forms. Through this study of cubism, Mondrian was then able to reinterpret his original ideas and develop an even stronger style. In my paper, I will argue that Mondrian achieved his artistic goal of dynamic rhythm in his final works due to his integration of abstraction, harmony, color planes, and equilibrium of parts in his evolution as an artist. From The Grey Tree to Tableau No. II with Red, Blue, Black, Yellow, and Gray to Broadway Boogie Woogie, Mondrian works toward an ultimate sense of dynamic rhythm through concrete structure, which he accomplishes in Broadway Boogie Woogie.
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Art and Design
Jones, Hannah, "Piet Mondrian’s Stylistic Development" (2020). JSU Student Symposium 2020. 27.