Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mondrian Inspired

Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944) tried 'to come as close as possible to the truth and abstract everything from that', as he put it himself. I suppose we now take simple lines and basic colors for granted, exactly because people like Mondrian worked so hard. The greatness of artists is often evident in the way they influence culture and the generations that come after them. This post presents only a few of the things that other people made, inspired by the Dutch painter's work.

And of course, let's not forget the famous YSL day dress (autumn 1965) displayed during his retrospective haute couture fashion show at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, January 22, 2002. Quoting from the info I found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,

'As the sack dress evolved in the 1960s into the modified form of the shift, Saint Laurent realized that the planarity of the dress was an ideal field for color blocks. Knowing the flat planes of the 1960s canvases achieved by contemporary artists in the lineage of Mondrian, Saint Laurent made the historical case for the artistic sensibility of his time. Yet he also demonstrated a feat of dressmaking, setting in each block of jersey, piecing in order to create the semblance of the Mondrian order and to accommodate the body imperceptibly by hiding all the shaping in the grid of seams.'

Source: Yves Saint Laurent: "Mondrian" day dress (C.I.69.23) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mondrian's work, it seems, has already become classic.