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Piet Mondrian was a Dutch artist. He is most famous for his distinctive abstract paintings, using straight lines and primary colours. He made more than 200 paintings in this style, which he called “neoplasticism”.

His abstract work developed after the First World War while he was living in Paris. Later in his life he was influenced by his love for jazz and boogie woogie music.

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Mondrian Facts

  • Mondrian never used a ruler to draw straight lines!
  • Mondrian worked for a time making scientific drawings of bacteria.
  • Piet Mondrian was born Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan in Amersfoot, The Netherlands, in 1872.
  • He started off painting landscapes, before his work became more abstract.
  • Mondrian left Europe to escape the Second World War and spent the rest of his life in New York. He died on 1st of February, 1944.

Videos

Piet Mondrian-Inspired Masking Tape Art

Learn how to use masking tape to create a piece of art, just like Mondrian.

Running time: 1:17

Ten Amazing Things Piet Mondrian Fans Will Love to See and Own

A selection of products decorated in the style of Mondrian, perfect for inspiring your own Mondrian projects.

Running time: 1:42

Who was Piet Mondriaan?

A short animated introduction to Mondrian’s life.

Running time: 1:34

Primary Colors

A fun music video looking at red, yellow and blue.

Running time: 1:34

Easy Mondrian Drawing for Kids

This is a great way to make a Mondrian artwork using shape templates.

Running time: 3:53

Books

Coppernickel Goes Mondrian

An imaginative story using the work of Mondrian.

If Picasso Painted a Snowman

This lovely book imagines how Mondrian (and lots of other famous artists) would have painted a snowman.

Children's Book of Art

A visual trip through art history.

The Art Book for Children

Explore great artworks of the world.

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