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“The longer I look at Mondrian’s paintings, the more I see in them.”—Roberta Smith, The New York Times

(via Mondrian’s Paintings and Their Pulsating Intricacy - The New York Times)

Did you know that Piet Mondrian began his career as a landscape painter? He reduced his landscapes to their most basic parts: black horizontal and vertical lines, white background, and solid fields of red, yellow, and blue with the hopes that these basic and pure forms would lead to a sort of spiritual enlightenment. So the next time you see a Mondrian painting, look slowly. The painting may become more complex the longer you look.