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Happy Birthday to Dutch painter Piet Mondrian! His work was a great influence on the De Stijl art movement, and created neoplasticism.


Evening; Red Tree (Avond; De rode boom) (1908-10)

Gray Tree (1911)

Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow (1930)

Victory Boogy Woogy (1942–44)

aries - Pasiphae by Jackson Pollock
creative, insightful, strong-willed, spontaneous, passionate

taurus - Sunrise by Roy Lichtenstein
loving, appreciative, understanding, patient, practical, efficient

gemini - The Two Fridas by Frida Kahlo
balance, flexibility, affectionate, generous, imaginative, charismatic

cancer - Cape Cod Morning by Edward Hopper
loyal, family-oriented, conservative, sympathetic, fickle

leo - The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai
brave, intuitive, head-strong, willful, generous, powerful, sensitive

virgo - Mountains at Collioure by Andre Derain
charming, easy to talk to, inquisitive, intuitive, impatient, short-tempered

libra - Silhouette I & II by Gustav Klimt
caring, quiet, stable, surround themselves with harmony and beauty

scorpio - Seagram Mural by Mark Rothko
bold, brave, ambitious, secretive, determined, forceful

saggitarius - Girl in a Blue Armchair by Mary Cassatt
focused, impatient, loyal, the philosopher of the zodiac signs

capricorn - Composition with Yellow, Red, and Blue by Piet Mondrian  
intelligent, practical, stable, organized, intuitive, patient, persevering

aquarius - Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of la Grande Jette by Georges Seurat
honest, loyal, intelligent, easy-going, artistic, humanitarian

pisces - A Couple With Their Heads in the Clouds by Salvador Dali
trustworthy, unselfish, honest, quiet, gentle, generous, gullible  

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I’ve finally put up my Christmas tree creation for this year - A Mondrian tree!

I wrapped the tree in silver tinsel, framed the lines with black tinsel (that took me AGES to find) and hung red, blue and hand-painted yellow baubles to mimic Piet Mondrian’s famous Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow (1930)

It all was inspired by this year’s Tree TOPper - Mondrian Suit TOP. That suit pretty much defined my year, so it was an obvious choice. <3

Piet Mondrian and Yves Saint Laurent

French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent (1 August 1936 – 1 June 2008) designed The Mondrian Collection in 1965. Part of this collection were six cocktail dresses that were inspired by the paintings of Piet Mondrian (1872–1944).

The convergence between fashion and art in the Mondrian dresses is significant. Whilst reflecting the fashionable Western silhouette, the designs also reflect the significance of the work of artists like Mondrian during the sixties. The abstract, geometric visual language of the modernistic Dutch movement De Stijl to which Mondrian belonged was applied to the design of the six dresses.

Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930

Saint Laurent was known for his love of fine art, and had an extensive collection covering a wide range of periods and styles which had important influence on his work. He said of Mondrian: 

“Mondrian is purity and on can go no further in purity in painting. This is a purity that joins with that of the Bauhaus. The masterpiece of the twentieth century is a Mondrian.”

The dresses have been described as a canvas on which Saint Laurent experimented with his artistic ideas, and have become regarded as having captured the Zeitgest of their era. As icons of 1965 fashion the dresses have been described as giving a new perspective on haute couture - namely that it didn’t have to consist of a total look any more, and that it could be easy to wear.

The Mondrian collection was widely published in many fashion magazines, with one dress featuring on the cover of Vogue in 1965. Mondrian style dresses became very popular, with many mass manufacturers producing copies of the designs for lower prices, which were then widely circulated.

Original Mondrian dresses can be found in several museums around the world, including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the V&A Museum in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Art history challenge: 3 countries/regions (1/3): Holland

  • Hieronymus Bosch: The garden of earthly delights
  • Pieter Bruegel: The hunters in the snow (1565)
  • Jan Veermer: Girl with a pearl earring (1665)
  • Rembrandt: The night watch (1642)
  • Vincent van Gogh: Starry night over the Rhone (1888)
  • Piet Mondrian: Composition II in red, blue, and yellow (1930)