Cattle in an orchard  by Piet Mondriaan
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Piet Mondriaan

Cattle in an orchard 1901 - 1903

CanvasPaintOil paint
50 ⨯ 69 cm
€ 135.000

Simonis & Buunk

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Provenance: (till 6 september 2006 sold as Frits Mondriaan); probably: auction B.L. Voskuil, Amsterdam, 4 may 1909, lot 191 (as: Piet Mondriaan, 'Landschap met vee', doek: 50 x 70 cm; this is as far as we know the first painting of Mondrian that came to auction).

Literature: Robert P. Welsh, 'Piet Mondrian. Catalogue Raisonné of the Naturalistic Works (until early 1911)', Blaricum 1998, pag. 474: Catalogue Raisonné of the Unidentified References, cat.nr. UA16; Joop M. Joosten, 'Piet Mondrian. Catalogue Raisonné of the Work of 1911-1944', Leiden/Toronto 1998, Appendix, pag. 23.

Exhibition: Amsterdam, Arti et Amicitiae, UA 14, 1903? (stilleven, zelfde maat); Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 'Kunstwerken van Levende Meesters', 12 sept.-15 nov. 1903, cat.nr. 359 met als titel 'Grazende kalfjes'; Amersfoort, Mondriaanhuis, bruikleen Simonis & Buunk Kunsthandel, Ede, vanaf 16 juni 2010; Tsinandali, Georgië, Alexander Chavchavadze House-Museum, ‘Once Upon a time in Holland. The young Piet Mondrian and the Masters who inspired him’, 1 mei-30 juni 2011; Amersfoort, Mondriaanhuis, 'Mondriaan in de polder', 8 sept. 2013-12 jan. 2014; Winterswijk, Villa Mondriaan, 'Mondriaan en zijn leermeesters', 16 may 2014-10 may 2015.

Before Mondrian made the typically abstract compositions for which he became famous, he drew and painted landscapes, figures, flowers and still-lifes in a naturalist style. Between 1895 and 1908, he gradually detached himself from pictorial representation and experimented with colour, composition and a simplifying of forms. This ultimately led to depicting nature in abstract vertical and horizontal lines and planes in primary colours.

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Mondrian was a contributor to the De Stijl art movement and group, which was founded by Theo van Doesburg. He evolved a non-representational form which he termed neoplasticism. This consisted of white ground, upon which he painted a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors.

Mondrian's arrival in Paris from the Netherlands in 1911 marked the beginning of a period of profound change. He encountered experiments in Cubism and with the intent of integrating himself within the Parisian avant-garde removed an 'a' from the Dutch spelling of his name (Mondriaan)

Before Mondrian made the typically abstract compositions for which he became famous, he drew and painted landscapes, figures, flowers and still-lifes in a naturalist style. Between 1895 and 1908, he gradually detached himself from pictorial representation and experimented with colour, composition and a simplifying of forms. This ultimately led to depicting nature in abstract vertical and horizontal lines and planes in primary colours.

He died in New York in 1944.