Discovery of an unknown watercolor by Mondriaan | NL Times
Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RDK) have discovered an unknown watercolor by Piet Mondriaan (1872-1944). The 1904 artwork was recently offered for valuation by an auction house in Stockholm, Sweden. It turned out that the famous artist did indeed paint “Barn doors of a Brabant farm building”. He created the work during a retreat in Noord-Brabant
According to RKD, the barn door watercolor was purchased by a brother of Mondriaan’s then-fiancé. He then emigrated to Sweden and took the job with him. It remained in the family until 1979, when it was given to Swedish friends. In May, it will go under the hammer at the Bukowskis auction house in Stockholm.
Mondriaan spent a year in Uden in Noord-Brabant in 1904. He painted various places in the region. According to RKD, the barn doors were probably painted at Instelrode. According to the institute, watercolor is one of the strengths of the thirty or so works created by Mondriaan in Noord-Brabant.
The watercolor will be added to the digital catalog of the artist’s work. The RKD will present this year the most updated version of this catalog in honor of the 150th anniversary of Mondriaan.
On Monday, it is exactly 150 years since Piet Mondriaan was born in Amersfoort. The Kunstmueum Den Haag presents a new exhibition, which shows how the artist moved between his friends and his contemporaries and how great his artistic influence is. The exhibition includes the famous painting Victory Boogie Woogie, the last work made by Mondriaan and a highlight of his oeuvre. But visitors will also be able to get acquainted with his frank ideas about (electronic) music and movement. For the occasion, musicians Steven Brunsmann and Marco Spaventi have created a techno piece based on Mondriaan’s intuitions.
The Rondom Mondriaan exhibition is visible from April 2 to September 25. With over 300 works, the Kunstmuseum has the largest Mondriaan collection in the world.