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Piet Mondrian. Composition in Oval with Color Planes 1. 1914
Piet Mondrian

Composition in Oval with Color Planes 1

1914
Not on view
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
42 3/8 x 31" (107.6 x 78.8 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
14.1950

The geometry of this composition, made two years after Mondrian moved from Holland to Paris, is directly based on sketches of partially demolished buildings, with exposed floors, chimneys, and patches of wallpaper. Mondrian believed that horizontal and vertical lines, such as those he used here, expressed an underlying, universal order.

Gallery label from 2012
Provenance information
The artist
Mr. S. B. Slijper, Blaricum, the Netherlands. Purchased from the artist, 1919 - 1949
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York. 1949 - 1950
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from Sidney Janis Gallery with Stephen C. Clark Fund, 1950

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