Piet Mondriaan artwork • watercolour • drawing • previously for sale A farm near Duivendrecht; detailed examination of a barn
Amersfoort 1872-1944 New York (Verenigde Staten)
A farm near Duivendrecht; detailed examination of a barn
pencil on paper 16.7 x 11.7 cm, painted circa 1905
This work on paper was previously for sale.
Provenance: coll. J.S.F. Esser, Amsterdam, ca. 1910; erven J.S.F. Esser, Monte Carlo, 1946-2000.
Literature: Michel Seuphor, 'Piet Mondrian. Sa vie, son oeuvre', Parijs 1970, nr. 638; Robert P. Welsh, 'Piet Mondrian's early career', proefschrift, Princeton 1965, pag. 79, afb. 110; B. Bakker, M. Bax en R.P. Welsh, 'Mondriaan aan de Amstel 1892-1912', Amsterdam 1994, pag. 118, pag. 121, cat.nr. 38 (met afb. in kleur); Robert P. Welsh, 'Piet Mondrian. Catalogue Raisonné of the Naturalistic Works (until early 1911)', Blaricum 1998, pag. 309, nr. A388 (met afb.)
Exhibited: Amsterdam, Gemeentearchief, 'Mondriaan aan de Amstel 1892-1912', feb.-mei 1994, cat.nr. 38; Rome, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, 'Il primo Mondrian: gli anni di Amsterdam', 1995-96, cat.nr. 23 Najaarstentoonstelling 2001.
Before Mondrian made the abstract compositions with which he became famous, he drew and painted landscapes, figures, flowers and still-lifes in a naturalist style. Between 1895 and 1908, he gradually detached himself from exact pictorial representation and experimented with colour, composition and a simplifying of forms. This ultimately led to depicting nature in abstract vertical and horizontal lines and planes in primary colours.
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