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The New Art--the New Life: The Collected Writings Of Piet Mondrian (Documents of Twentieth-Century Art) Paperback – March 21, 1993

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  • Series: Documents of Twentieth-Century Art
  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (March 21, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306805081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306805080
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Original Language: Dutch

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lane Banks on April 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Piet Mondrian, one of the great minds of modern art, left voluminous writings to both explain and defend his abstract style of painting. This book assembles his published essays, from his first "The New Plastic in Painting" (1917), through his other contributions to De Stijl magazine, and his posthumously published sketchbook notes.
This book is not for the casual reader, or for someone just beginning to explore Mondrian's ideas and work. Mondrian's writing style is at times lucid and straightforward, at others repetive and oblique, and this adds up to a dense read that requires much focus to appreciate. Mondrian's major contributions to modern art are all outlined in verbal form here, from the basics of Neo-Plasticism that he utilized throughout his mature style, to ideas that were so fantastic that they were not practical, such as his desire to make all his paintings in the space where they were to be displayed.
The book itself is quite lengthy: at 400 pages, this is not a quick read. While illustrations of Mondrian's paintings are included, they are not part of the overall page count, so the 400 pages are solid text. Each essay begins with a commentary that is quite helpful is placing that particular writing within its proper context, and the introductory essays by Holtzman and James are informative.
Overall, a great book chronicaling the development of one of the landmark styles of modern art, and the utopian, visionary thoughts of the man who dedicated his life to the world he had created, and to the hope that future generations would incorporate his idealistic beliefs into everyday life.
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