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For the Love of Mondrian

I was walking in my hood in SF the other day, and much to my surprise was this

fab Mondrian-inspired station wagon. How fun! It really put a smile on my face,

as I am a huge fan of this artist. So, I started to think, every stylish city pad would

benefit from a little nod to this revolutionary artist. Check out some of my favorite

Mondrianesque (my new adjective) finds.

Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter who is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. He is known for being one of the pioneers of the 20th century abstract art movement through his use of simple geometric elements. His name is synomous with the term “Modernism”, and his artwork remains timeless.

"Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray and Blue" 1921, courtesy of Gemeente Museum Den Haag

Five Fun Facts About Dutch Artist Piet Mondrian:

1. Mondrian was a passionate about dancing, even though he was not good at

it. He didn't like slow traditional dances like the classic waltz, but instead loved

high energy, fast dancing styles.

2. Even though Mondrian used primary colors in his paintings, he always

mixed his own colors and made sure they were never the color right out of the

paint tube.

3. Mondrian never used a ruler to create the lines in his paintings.

4. Mondrian liked to live among his work. Instead of having a separate

studio, he combined his home and studio. He would invite friends over to

lounge and philosophize among his works in progress.

5. When Mondrian moved to Paris, he was most influenced by the Cubist style

of Picasso and Braque

The Mondrian Collection by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent was launched in 1965 and featured in many fashion magazines, most notably on this Vogue cover.  Mondrian style dresses became very popular, with many mass manufacturers producing copies of the designs for lower prices, which were then widely circulated. Original Mondrian dresses can be found in several museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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