Piet Mondrian Composition in Brown and Gray 1913

  • Not on view
Oil on canvas
33 3/4 x 29 3/4" (85.7 x 75.6 cm)
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

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Provenance Research Project

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The artist [1]; to Jakob van Domselaer (1890-1960) and Maaike van Domselaer-Middelkoop (1892-1978), Amsterdam/Bergen, The Netherlands, after October 1915 until at least 1946 [2]. S.[alomon] van Deventer (1888-1972), Wassenaar, The Netherlands [3]; sold through Hedwig (Hedy) Imbach, New York, to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1950 [4].

[1] Included in the exhibitions Erster Deutscher Herbstsalon, Galerie Der Sturm, Berlin, September 20-December 1913 (no. 296); 16 composities van P. Mondrian, Parijs, Kunsthandel W. Walrecht, The Hague, c. June 15-July 31, 1914; Alma, Le Fauconnier en Mondrian, Rotterdamsche Kunstkring, Rotterdam, January 31-February 28, 1915 (no. 60); Werken van Lodewijk Schelfhout. Piet Mondriaan + Jan Sluyters + Leo Gestel + Le Fauconnier + J.C. van Epen, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, October 3-25, 1915.
[2] See See Robert P. Welsh, and Joop M. Joosten, Piet Mondrian: catalogue raisonné, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998, vol. II-III, B36. The title inscription "Compositie 5" suggests that the painting may have been included in the exhibition Hollandsche Kunstenaarskring: 2de tentoonstelling, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, March 11-April 2, 1916. The painting was still in the possession of Jakob and Maaike van Domselaer in 1946: Domselaer lent the painting to the memorial exhibition Piet Mondriaan herdenkingstententoonstelling, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, November 6-December 16, 1946.
[3] See Robert P. Welsh, and Joop M. Joosten, Piet Mondrian: catalogue raisonné, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998, B36. Collection files 242.1950, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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