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Mondrian the Art of Destruction by Carel Blotkamp
  

Mondrian the Art of Destruction

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Synopsis

Mondrian the Art of Destruction by Carel Blotkamp

This work on Mondrian, one of the great pioneers of abstract art, analyzes the interrelation between his paintings and his theories on art and life as expressed in the public writings and the (largely unpublished) letters. Mondrian's art was not based on reasoning or calculation - on the contrary, intuition was central to his concept of the artistic process - but he always felt a strong urge to position his art in a wider cultural and philosophical context. Crucial to Mondrian's thought was the Theosophical notion of evolution, which required the destruction of the old to make room for the new, in life, in society and in art. This book concentrates on the paintings, the artist's major achievement, examining the influences that shaped his art: Fauvism and Cubism circa 1910, and the work of Bart van der Leck, De Stijl and the Parisian art world during the 1920s. It shows Mondrian not as an isolated figure, but as an artist who took a keen interest in the world around him, a veritable avant-garde painter who saw his role as a creator of a new, modern culture.

About the Author

Carel Blotkamp is Professor of the History of Modern Art at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th September 2001

Author

Carel Blotkamp

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Publisher

Reaktion Books

Format

Paperback
264 pages

Categories

Art & design styles: c 1900 to c 1960
Biography: historical, political & military
Painting & paintings
Individual artists, art monographs

ISBN

9781861891006

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