Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter who is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His work had an enormous influence on numerous major styles and art movements but also fields outside of painting, such as design, architecture, and fashion. He proclaimed in 1914: “Art should be above reality, otherwise it would have no value for man.” Mondrian co-founded the De Stijl art movement which advocated pure abstraction and universality by a reduction to the essentials of form and color; they simplified visual compositions to vertical and horizontal, using only black, white, and primary colors. This piece from 1942 is titled “Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow.”
Art history played a major role in my early years as a creative and Piet Mondrian is one of a handful of abstract artists who continue to inspire me. As designers, the act of distilling an idea into its simplest form is a principle we use every day and I’d like to believe Mondrian is partly responsible.