|The Red Tree, 1909, Piet Mondrian|
|Gray Tree, 1912, Piet Mondrian|
|Composition Trees II, 1912, Piet Mondrian|
Probably the most thorough in pursuing the continued study of Cubism was Piet Mondrian. Of Dutch descent, born in 1872, he was no novice painter by the time he picked up on the Cubist line of inquiry. His goal was to study, explore, simplify, and distill a given subject to its most basic forms. His earliest work centered upon landscapes and particularly trees, which, in their infinite variety he found endlessly intriguing. A study of his work shows a clear line of progression from what could almost be called "realism" through the Cubist involvement to his now trademark canvases filled with solid, thick, straight, vertical, and horizontal lines and juxtaposed squares or rectangles of pure, flat, primary colors. Short of the white-on-white canvases of Russian-born Kazimir Malevich, Mondrian went further in simplification to the point that even the term abstraction fails to contain the essence of his work.
|Composition II in Red, Blue,|
and Yellow, 1930,