Piet Mondriaan artwork • painting • previously for sale Portrait of C.M.J.W. Rijnen
Amersfoort 1872-1944 New York (Verenigde Staten)
Portrait of C.M.J.W. Rijnen
oil on panel 49.6 x 39.1 cm, signed r.c. and painted 1914-1915 (Joosten) or 1908-1911 (Bax)
This painting was previously for sale.
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.