In honor of our special craft time tomorrow on artist Piet Mondrian, we have a few interesting facts about the man behind the beautiful paintings!
1. Piet Mondrian was born on 7th March 1872 in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.
2. From a very young age, Piet Mondrian was exposed to art. His father was a qualified art instructor and his uncle was an artist.
3. Piet Mondrian became a school teacher and painted in his spare time.
4. His early paintings were mainly landscapes, featuring fields, rivers and windmills.
5. Mondrian moved to Paris in 1911. He was immediately influenced by the Cubist style of Picasso and Braque, and his work started to incorporate more geometric shapes, moving away from being purely naturalistic.
6. Piet Mondrian returned to the Netherlands for the duration of the First World War. He met the artist Bart van der Leck, who only used primary colors in his paintings. Mondrian started to develop his own painting theory and style.
7. After WW1, Mondrian returned to Paris and he began to produce the grid-based abstract paintings for which he is best known.
8. Mondrian left Paris in 1938 to escape the inevitable advance of the Nazis. He moved to London and then to Manhattan.
9. In Manhattan, Mondrian started to develop anew technique using pieces of paper tape to create small rectangles of color.
10. Piet Mondrian died on February 1, 1944 of pneumonia.
Check out some of Mondrian’s most famous paintings below!