Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Broadway Boogie Woogie


Me with Mondrian, "Broadway Boogie Woogie"

Musuem of Modern Arts
11 West 53 Street New York, NY 10019

A little History of Mondrian
Born in Holland in 1878, Piet Mondrian painted traditional subjects in an increasingly abstract style. By 1920, he adopts a totally abstract motif, employing an irregular checkerboard drawn with black lines, and with the spaces paints mostly white or sometimes in the primary colors of blue, red and yellow.

Escaping in 1940 from a Europe at war, Mondrian spends the last four years of his life in New York City, where he is fascinated by the exuberance of its city life. His paintings of that time express that exuberance. In his final painting, Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942-1943), below, the checkerboard lines, previously black, are now painted blue, gray, red and yellow. (The yellow was apparently inspired by New York’s Yellow cabs).

In Broadway Boogie Woogie, Mondrian represents the restless motion of the city.

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