Field with Young Trees in the Foreground

Field with Young Trees in the Foreground

c. 1907

Piet Mondrian

(Dutch, 1872-1944)

Oil on paper laid on board

Framed: 82.5 x 97 x 5.8 cm (32 1/2 x 38 3/16 x 2 5/16 in.); Unframed: 65.7 x 72 cm (25 7/8 x 28 3/8 in.)

Gift of Frank Stella 1971.220

Description

A pioneer of completely abstract art grounded in metaphysics and religious philosophy, Mondrian also sought spirituality in his early landscapes. The trees and swelling mounds of humus in this painting are common features of the landscape around the hamlet of Oele in the eastern Netherlands, where Mondrian painted during the summer of 1907.

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