Piet Mondrian is one of the world's foremost modern artists. Born in the Netherlands, he wins over the world via Paris, London and New York. He becomes famous for painting in primary colours and straight lines, but his early work is still strongly based on recognisable reality. He paints the world as he sees it: green pastures with cattle and farm houses. Gradually, his paintings become more abstract of nature, such as brightly coloured Zeeland dunes and shining windmills. He also flirts with theosophy and he conjures magical flowers and women on canvas. After being introduced to the Parisian avant-garde, he paints in a cubist style until only straight lines and primary colours are left.
Gemeentemuseum is the only place where you can witness Mondrian's steps towards abstraction. From polders via apple trees to compositions in red, yellow and blue, the exhibition unfolds as an adventurous journey through the life and work of an inimitable artist.