Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)


This pioneer and icon of the abstract art world is noted for his geometric paintings of lines and boxes using mostly primary colors. These simplistic cubist works, some consisting of as little as three horizontal or vertical black lines on a white background, influenced many abstractionists. My best friends in Holland have done their entire apartment Mondrian style with the bright colors everywhere. Mondrian cabinets, refrigerator, chairs, desk, coffee mugs, etc., etc. Sorta reminds me of a preschool. Unlike Bosch, Mondrian is highly regarded in Holland, perhaps reflecting the Dutch penchant for orderliness, cleanliness, and simplicity. Mondrian’s last, unfinished painting,

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Hieronymous Bosch (1450-1516)

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The Garden of Earthly Delights, 1504

For some strange reason (which I’ll try to fathom), Hieronymous Bosch is not so highly regarded in his homeland. In fact a visit to the Rijksmuseum in search of one single Bosch painting is an exercise in futility. I recently visited the museum’s excellent website, and alas, he is left off the list of hundreds of Dutch artists! This flemish painter whose magnificient yet eeire landscapes filled with bizarre creatures, horrific… Continue reading

Vincent Van Gogh

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Van Gogh Face to Face:
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Without a doubt the most famous Dutchman these days is Vincent Van Gogh. He’s so popular it seems no one can get enough of him, including the Dutch, who pay homage to him by painting walls and kiosks in his style. This famous painter whose short life was full of much self-inflicted misery is one of the best known and loved artists of all time. He… Continue reading
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