COMPOSITION WITH GRID
Oil on canvas
Inspired by Cubism, Mondrian moved away from the naturalism of his earlier landscape paintings and began to explore the possibilities of working with a grid pattern to define an entire painting.
In this composition, narrow, diagonal lines map a network of diamonds while horizontal and vertical lines divide them into 256 triangles.
A flickering optical illusion is created by lines of varying thickness that suggest rectangular and square compartments of different sizes.
The Luise and Walter Arensberg Collection