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Piet Mondrian

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian

Profession: Abstract Painter


Biography: Often called the "world's best abstract painter", Mondrian was one of the founders of the De Stijl art movement in 1917 in Leiden, the Netherlands. He developed his non-representational forms from cubism and termed it Neo-Plasticism.

Mondrian worked for many years in Paris and the Netherlands until the war drove him to London then New York.

Born: March 7, 1872
Birthplace: Amersfoort, Netherlands
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: February 1, 1944 (aged 71)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Historical Events

  • 1940-09-23 Dutch artist Piet Mondrian leaves Europe for New York, where he lives for the rest of his life
  • 2017-06-03 Largest-ever exhibition of works by Piet Mondrian opens at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Netherlands to mark centenary of De Stijl movement

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