Chinese Lantern Festival in Dallas TX at Fair Park
Recently I have been working on a project associated with a tree and its elements and it reminded my professor of Piet Mondrian. At first I was confused for I had always known Mondrian as the man who created the pieces with the vertical and horizontal black lines and primary colored boxes. However my professor explained to me that prior to all of that, at the beginning of his artistic career, Mondrian was very fascinated with nature and the world around him, especially trees. Due to this I did some research. Obviously my professor was correct in that in 1911 Mondrian moved from home in the Netherlands to Paris, France. Here is where you begin to see immediate influences of Cubist style of Picasso and Georges Barque. This period of his art career and life, of studying plants and wilderness for his art continued from 1911 until 1914. Some works of his from this time period include: The Red Mill (1910-1911), Grey Tree (1911), Dune Landscape (1911), The Sea (1912). Before he ever set foot in Paris he loved landscapes has well. This is proven by the following works: Village Church (1898), At Work/On the Land (1898),Going Fishing (1900), Along the Amstel (1903), Mill in the evening (1905), Woods Near Oele (1908), Alberi (1908), Avond: The Red Tree (1908-1910), Amaryllis (1910). These are the ones that I found but I am sure there are more. I love it when I find artists that surprise me, especially if I already knew them and are just finding a different side of them. This man was truly a talented soul! No wonder his art is in the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth!