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on March 5, 2004
This is the most disappointing documentary that I've seen in ages. This was really nothing but an art appreciation lecture burnt onto a DVD. Nothing moves in this work because it's all just his artwork and nothing more. No scenes of Paris or Northern Europe at the time; no Victorians nor Edwardians attending art exhibits; nothing. There are two self-portraits of Mondrian. There are no photographs of him nor his family. As an artist, he seems to have moved from expressionism to abstraction/avant-garde work. Mondrian is principly known for the latter, yet this DVD focuses on the former. Further, the narrator never says why Mondrian switched artistic styles. That would have made a great discussion, particularly if it would have been historicized a la the change of the centuries. However, this was not done. I almost like the artist less because of this poor study. His spirit should leave its grave and sue the makers of this awful DVD!
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Piet Mondrian (Artists of the 20th Century) presents hundreds of works by the artist. It is a narrated slide show. The commentary is competent, detailed enough, and quite comprehensive, but only for a person with a solid art knowledge and established art understanding who is immune to the contentious remarks made by the narrator sporadically. Some works considered self-explanatory by the narrator are left without a comment. This documentary includes extensive biography mixed with a very professional work analysis encompassing influence of other artists with examples of their works. The quality of video and sound is good.
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