Piet Mondrian's Life and Work by Michel Seuphor

580 Alan Crescent, Windsor, ON N8S 1V7, Canada(View Map)


You are bidding on an oversize and heavy Art book about the creator of NEO-PLASTICISM..


Note: No print date but appears to be a vintage copy with paste-in image plates. Bound in Japan

Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York

A full-length record of a man who has had a great and lasting influence on contemporary painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as on interior design, graphics, advertising art, and typography. Added features like a classified catalogue, a chronology, & bibliography increase the value of this book.

606 illustrations, including 34 plates in full color.

445 pages, approximately 12 in. by 8 1/2 in., Hardbound red and white decorated cloth...

Mice nibbles on bottom of spine on the outside & small tear through to inside at bottom & no dust cover jacket & some moisture damage on beginning pages.

Not missing any picture plates.

Hardcover. 445 pages. Introduction by Georg Schmidt and text by Seuphor. Includes 606 illustrations with 34 tipped in color plates.


Hardcover Edition

445 pages, 34 tipped-in color plates and 606 black and white and text illustrations

Michel Seuphor: PIET MONDRIAN LIFE AND WORK. Red and white checkered cloth. 445 pp. 34 tipped-in color plates. 606 black and white and text illustrations. Multiple paper stocks, with text letterpressed on cream stock and images printed on semi-glossy stock.

“The emotion of beauty is always obscured by the appearance of the object. Therefore the object must be eliminated from the picture.”

8.5 x 12 hardcover Catalogue Raisonne with 445 pages, 34 tipped-in color plates and 606 black and white and text illustrations organized among 49 “classifications,” such as, self-portraits, seascapes, lozenges, unfinished works. [Freitag 6651].

His “compositions” have had such a profound effect not only on art, but on our culture that we can’t even “see” them anymore. Mondrian summed up his paintings best when he said, "Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture."

Dutch pioneer of abstract art Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) coined the term Neo-Plasticism to describe his rigorously geometric abstract paintings. Mondrian’s first one-man exhibition opened at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, in 1909. He was influenced by Cubism — to the point of abstraction — during his residency in Paris from 1912 to 1914. Mondrian returned to Holland in 1914 and evolved a more simplified abstract style which he called Neo-Plasticism, restricted to the three primary colours and to a grid of black vertical and horizontal lines on a white ground; He associated with Theo van Doesburg in the de Stijl movement between 1917 to 1925. back in Paris from 1919 to 1938 he he joined the group Abstraction-Création in 1931. Mondrian emigrated to New York in 1940 where he continued to develop a more colorful style, with colored lines and syncopated rhythms.

“In past times when one lived in contact with nature, abstraction was easy; it was done unconsciously. Now in our denaturalized age abstraction becomes an effort.”

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