Piet Mondrian was a great contributor to the modern Dutch movement called De Stijl, which in English stands for “The Style.” He was given due recognition with the purity of the abstract works he had accomplished as well as the methodical practice of which he arrived at through the completion of those works. He was able to develop a non-representational form of art that he coined as neoplasticism — artistry that involves horizontal and vertical lines fused only with primary colors. And in order to truly polish the new field he opened, he applied only black or white or both colors on the background, which gives a better focus to the real object of the art.
Like other philosophical painters, Piet Mondrian radically simplified all the elements his paintings consisted so as to give reflection to what he sought to have a profound spiritual order. He was a believer of underlying realms that dwell within the same visible world that we stand upon. His paintings created a clear language and pure aesthetic value within every canvas. In several of his finest paint arts from the 20’s, Mondrian decided to reduce some of the shapes to rectangles, palette and lines to core basics that pushed numerous past references all the way to the external world towards absolute abstraction. He applied asymmetrical balance over symmetrical and simplified vocabulary for pictorials that eventually became crucial for the later developments of modern arts. Furthermore, the iconic abstract paintings he produced remained influential for different design ideas and became familiar within popular culture circles of today.
As mentioned, Piet Mondrian believed in parallel universes and different realms. He saw life as an enigmatic entity and thought that in order to live life to its fullest, a person must possess the faculty to wonder. Knowing that life is only a fleeting experience, he wanted people to know how happiness is a must throughout their existence since it will conclude the outcome of their journeys. Simply put, he was a positivist thinker that expressed his beautiful perspective in life by emotion-evoking paintings.
The demise of Piet Mondrian on February 1, 1944 was caused by pneumonia. He was entombed in Brooklyn, New York’s Cypress Hills Cemetery. 200 people attended his memorial two days thereafter. Among the attendees were Marc Chagall, Fernand Leger, Robert Motherwell, Alexander Archipenko and Alexander Calder who were famous avant-garde artists and sculptors during that time. Mondrian legacy continues through The Mondrian and Holtzman Trust, promoting his artwork that exuded with life and integrity.