This exhibition investigates in detail the painter's first years of activity: from the twenty-year-old student at the Dutch State Art Academy to the world-famous artist, who until 1914 evolved in the cosmopolitan Paris of the pre-war period, before he went back to Holland. A rigorous selection of paintings and drawings re-establishes the importance of Mondrian's early years and demonstrates how his evolution towards modernity and abstraction was rooted in the pictorial tradition of the nineteenth century.
Serge Lemoine, director, musée d'Orsay and Hans Janssen, chief curator, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
Exhibition organised by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, the Musée d'Orsay, the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, in collaboration with the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
The exhibition is supported by Unilever Bestfoods France
Exhibition also presented at the Kimball Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas from August 18 to December 12, 2002
Periodical48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 14, Spring 2002
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux
Exhibition catalogueMondrian, the Path to Abstraction (1892-1914)