Musée d'Orsay: Mondrian: from 1892 to 1914, the Path to Abstraction

Mondrian: from 1892 to 1914, the Path to Abstraction

From 1892 to 1902, Mondrian received in Holland an academic training that placed him in his country's pictorial traditions, leaving little room for foreign influences. This training was to have a lasting effect on his production. After 1902, he specialised and excelled in a particular genre: the painting of Dutch landscapes, and this led him to set out on the path of experimentation. Following this new course, he developed an interest in cubism and modernism, styles in which he actively participated from 1912 onwards.

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


48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 14, Spring 2002
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux
€ 11

Exhibition catalogue
Mondrian, the Path to Abstraction (1892-1914)
Waanders Publishers

27 March - 14 July 2002
Musée d'Orsay

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