Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray, and Blue, 1921
In the 1920s, Mondrian began to create the definitive abstract paintings for which he is best known.
He limited his palette to white, black, gray, and the three primary colors, with the composition constructed from thick, black horizontal and vertical lines that delineated the outlines of the various rectangles of color or reserve. The simplification of the pictorial elements was essential for Mondrian's creation of a new abstract art, distinct from Cubism and Futurism. The assorted blocks of color and lines of differing widths create rhythms that ebb and flow across the surface of the canvas, echoing the varied rhythm of modern life. The composition is asymmetrical, as in all of his mature paintings, with one large dominant block of color, here red, balanced by the distribution of the smaller blocks of yellow, blue gray, and white around it. This style has been quoted by many artists and designers in all aspects of culture since the 1920s.
Project: Make your own Piet Mondrian
Supervisor: Peter Buczkowski
Role: Processing Design
The Mondrian project was implemented using the Processing programming language, to create different frames of Mondrian-inspired artwork through coding.
Each frame can be customized by varying parameters such as the size and position of rectangles, the thickness and orientation of lines, and the color palette used. By manipulating these parameters, you can generate an array of visually diverse Mondrian-inspired compositions.
The primary focus of the project is to replicate Mondrian's characteristic use of primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) along with black lines on a white background.
Lines and Rectangles are a fundamental element in Mondrian's compositions. They represent the different geometric shapes and color blocks used in his artwork. Mondrian's use of primary colors, along with black lines on a white background, is a defining characteristic of his artwork.