mondrian art

“Art is not made for anybody and is, at the same time, for everybody.”

Piet Mondrian was born on this day in 1872! Although he is best known for his De Stijl work, Mondrian created many Impressionist paintings as a young artist. The vibrant coloring and thickly applied lines of this 1909 work demonstrates the transitional moment in Mondrian’s career, from earlier naturalism to a period of formal experimentation.

View other works of Mondrian’s in our collection at

[Piet Mondrian. View from the Dunes with Beach and Piers, Domburg. 1909. Oil and pencil on cardboard. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. A. Conger Goodyear Fund]

Crossing Borders: Piet Mondrian

The Dutch painter Piet Mondrian arrived in New York in 1940, among many European artists escaping World War II. He fell in love with the city and its culture, incorporating the spirit of its boogie-woogie music into his abstract, geometric paintings. Learn about Mondrian and other immigrant artists:

Our digital exhibition “Crossing Borders,” presented as part of our #CitizensBorders initiative, showcases works from MoMA’s collection by artists who immigrated to the U.S., often as #refugees in search of safe haven. Explore all the works at 

[Piet Mondrian (b. Netherlands, 1872-1944). “Broadway Boogie Woogie.” c.1942-43. Oil on canvas. Given anonymously.]


12:30PM // Tuesday July 5 // Mondrian-inspired bullet journal spread.

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