The Gray Tree is an oil painting created by Piet Mondrian. This was painted in 1911 using a thick type of oil on canvas. This process would of taken weeks or months due to its thick layers of paint, even though this was a long process, the motions of the brush strokes look very quick and vivid. This painting can be found at Gemeente museum in Den Haag.
This contemporary painting by Piet Mondrian is almost eerie looking, somewhat releasing a ghostly essence. This painting makes me feel somewhat scared, but also intrigued, like there is a story behind this, or like someone or something is going to come out from behind the tree. However this painting also reminds me of (excuse my nerdy reference here) the whomping willow from Harry Potter, the whomping willow is said to be alive, so whoever approaches it, its branches will reach out and attack whoever it is. This also was one of the famous series of paintings including trees by Mondrian. Mondrian's tree paintings included a lot of red & grey and they quite different to his other best-known works of art like, "Broadway Boogie Woogie", and "Red, Yellow and Blue". Mondrian's tree series really worked with the colours, hence the names "Red Tree", "Blue Tree" and "Grey Tree” and these were all painted in an abstract and unique matter. It is also rumoured that Mondrian somehow mimicked style of Van Gogh in his trees series, and this was quite frowned upon in the art world. I also think that the trees were a new way and style that Mondrian found to express his art and from then on became much more abstract, influencing this onto a lot of paintings done later on in Mondrian’s life. This painting was a large part of Mondrian’s artistic growth, so we wouldn’t not of seen much of the great works of Mondrian if it wasn’t for this experimenting. _______________________________________________________________
Piet Mondrian is recognized as the purest and most methodical of the early abstractionists. He radically simplified the elements of his artwork in an effort to reflect what he believed to be the order underlying the visible world. In his ground breaking paintings of the 1920s, Mondrian strictly limited his color palette to black, white, and the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Mondrian's use of asymmetrical balance and a simplified pictorial vocabulary were crucial in the development of modern art. His iconic abstract works remain influential in design and familiar in popular culture. Key Ideas
* A theorist and writer, Mondrian equated art with the spiritual. He simplified his work, searching to reveal the essence of the spiritual energy in the balance of forces that governs nature and the universe. * Mondrian attempted to represent the world through vertical and horizontal lines which to him represented the two opposing forces: the positive and the negative, the dynamic and the static, the masculine and the feminine. * Mondrian's singular vision is clearly demonstrated in the methodical progression of his artwork from traditional representation to complete abstraction. The paintings evolve logically and illustrate clear periods of influence art movements such as Luminism, Impressionism, and especially Cubism. * Mondrian was a founding member of De Stijl, an influential Dutch art movement that advocated pure abstraction to express a utopian ideal of universal harmony. DETAILED VIEW:
Piet Mondrian, born Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan, grew up as the second of five children in a devoutly Calvinist home in central Holland. The arts and music were encouraged in his household. His father, the director of the local primary school, was an enthusiastic amateur artist who gave drawing lessons to his son, and Mondrian's uncle, Fritz Mondriaan, was an accomplished artist who taught his nephew to paint. Early Training
In 1892, Mondrian enrolled in the National Academy of Fine...