Piet Mondrian and Mark Rothko


Mondrian, Piet’s work are mostly with bright primary colours, e.g red, blue and yellow or noncolors of black, gray and white. In most of his later work, squarish shapes rectangular planes or prisms started to be the signature style, also a significant component of the Neoplasticism which he founded. (like The Compositions.) In his artwork, there is seldom or no symmetrical compositions or shapes, an aesthetic balance is to be achieved and is done through the use of opposition. He was very precise about the accurateness and pureness of the colours and lines, thus straight lines and clean colours are commonly found in his works.
> From the cube-like and gagged-edged style of his painting, we could see influence of cubism on his works. He was influenced by Cubism to the point of taking art studies in Paris at the late age of about forty. Had previously been acquainted with artists influenced by Fauvism and Pointillism, thus the daring bright and pure primary colours in his works, abstractness is also resulted. But these schools of thought in art were left behind at he developed his own doctrine of art, called Neoplasticism. The work Broadway Boogie-Woogie portrays best represents his developed style, being so abstract, that the subject matter are not clear to the audience, thus leaving great rooms for imagination, with balanced composition, bright colours, precise lines and shapes.

In comparism of Mark Rothko’s later works, also his signature style, the are some significant similarity and differences. Example of obvious differences are firstly the colours used is not as bright and basic as Mondrian, Piet’s works. Also, the lines and shapes are not as straight, precise or accurate as Mondrian, Piet’s works. But rather, colours are muddied and mixed.
> The main similarity between the two is probably the use of geometrical shapes and compositions in the artwork. Although both artists are similar in terms of using rectangular planes or prism, the works of Mark Rothko seems much more expressive than that of Mondrian. This may be due to the earthy colors, the not-so-precise lines and shapes and the more expressive brushstrokes.
> Both artworks of the 2 artists are mostly towards the fields of influence under abstract art or cubism, thus appearing not able to relate to subject matter, leaving rooms for imagination of the audiences.
> Because Rothko was in New York, he was in an environment in which he was able to learn a lot about different types of art such as German Expressionism and Surrealism. finally he found inspiration in mythology and philosophy. His later works are influenced by Clyfford Still, and his work start to became less surrealistic and mythological, and more abstract. Thus leading to his later works like Untitled [Seagram Mural]. Where 2 different shades of red (dark red and reddish brown) are used to make the composition of 2 squarish shapes.


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