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Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

1906-1942

Piet Mondrian

(Dutch, 1872-1944)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 52.1 x 49.2 x 5.1 cm (20 1/2 x 19 3/8 x 2 in.); Unframed: 41.5 x 38.5 cm (16 5/16 x 15 3/16 in.); Former: 52.1 x 49.2 x 4.5 cm (20 1/2 x 19 3/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.38

Description

Fascinated by the complex structure of chrysanthemums, Mondrian painted these delicate flowers throughout his career. This single, frontal blossom recalls the stylized chrysanthemums of Japanese prints. Mondrian added the initials and date near the bottom edge sometime after painting the flower. Since he returned to this subject repeatedly, even during his later years, this painting may have been produced as late as 1942, the year Mondrian exhibited it in New York.

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