In Mondrian's Studio

About this programme

Piet Mondrian's sharp, straight-lined paintings have been one of the most prevalent influences in 20th-century art. After years of experimentation with realism, symbolism and cubism, the Dutch artist limited his palette to the three primary colours by the early 1920s, applying red, blue or yellow rectangular patches over a white canvas amid straight black lines at right angles to one another. This documentary retraces the intellectual and human process that led him to develop his style of geometric abstraction that made him one of the major figures of the international artistic avant-garde.