Mondrian died in New York. During the late s and s, Mondrian concerned himself with the essence of art, stripping his paintings of all secondary imagery and extraneous detail that he had employed at earlier points in his career, and concentrated instead on creating pictures that communicated universal notions of beauty through pure form. His paintings of this period stressed the importance of balance and the economy of line in order to demonstrate the inherent beauty of geometry.
Mondrian painted Composition A en rouge et blanc in in Paris, just when his egalitarian ideas about art and society were becoming more widely known in Europe and in the United States. This painting played a significant role in promulgating Mondrian's artistic ideas and solidifying his reputation abroad. Shortly after its completion, Mondrian sent this work to London to the painter Ben Nicholson, a leading member of the group of British artists who published Circle, International Survey of Constructivist Art in Through Nicholson, whom he had met in , Mondrian was able to market his art in England, and subsequently show his work at two significant exhibitions in London in The present work was featured at one of these exhibitions, Modern Paintings for Modern Rooms, sponsored by the prominent furniture design firm, Duncan Miller Ltd.
Following Mondrian's advice, Nicholson sold this painting to the architect Leslie Martin later that year. Both Nicholson and Martin were greatly impressed by the philosophical ideas behind Mondrian's paintings of , and requested that he elaborate on these theories for a scholarly journal that would be published in Thus, in our day two main tendencies appear: the one maintains the figuration, the other eliminates it.
While the former employs more or less completed and partial forms, the latter uses simple and neutral forms, or, ultimately, the free line and the pure color.
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It is evident that the latter non-figurative art can more easily and thoroughly free itself from the domination of the subjective than can the figurative tendency; particular forms and colors figurative art are more easily exploited than neutral forms. For every form, even every line represents a figure, no form is absolutely neutral.
But the strict linearity of his compositions of the s, with their rectilinear grids and minimalist planes, is a distillation of the form of language that evolved while he was associating with the architect and painter Theo van Doesburg and the architect J. Oud with whom he collaborated from on the Dutch art and architectural journal, De Stijl. In the present work, Mondrian's preoccupation with the compartmentalization and manipulation of space is a testament to the influence of the architectural and design concepts of his colleagues.
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The primacy of the line was the defining factor of Mondrian's paintings of this period, as is most evident in Composition A en rouge et blanc. Here, Mondrian has used double lines across the top third of the canvas, a structural device that he had first incorporated into his paintings in With these bands of black, Mondrian has divided into three sections the block of red in the upper left quadrant of the painting, adding to the spatial range and geometric complexity of the composition.
The startlingly simplified palette of white, red and muted grey underscores Mondrian's strict adherence to the formal principles which he tirelessly promoted in his writings of the s. Writing on Mondrian's use of color and line, Hans L. This canvas once hung over the desk of Philip Sandblom, who considered it an object of meditation and contemplation. II; Composition in Line and Color ; xpix, kb dull colors to be precise.
He is born into an Anglo-American family in England. The family would return to the United States in Until then young Thomas had received training in drawing and wood engraving.
Includes four wind-instruments: the fontanelle and very marked bell flare of a shawm top right ; a? Stockholm: Rapps Kunsthandel Bol , fig. On a table lie scattered a globe, an hourglass, music, a viola and bow, a shawm only the foot of which is visible , a lute, a flute, and a soprano recorder. Only the head is visible, the beak sheathed in a? Vanitas Still-life , oil on panel, The only dated work by the artist. On a stone plinth lies a jumble of objects including a worm-eaten skull with an ivy wreath, a crown, money bags, an hourglass, a book of sheet music marked Bassus, pearls the bell of a shawm, the body of a pipe with four finger holes , the bell of a shawm, a necklace, a mitre, and a flared-bell, soprano recorder with a brass sheath around the beak.
Vanitas Still-Life , oil on canvas, Jan Vermeulen fl. A still-life with a worm-eaten skull, a crown, an hourglass, a pearl necklace, a book, the bell of a? Auctioned 6 April , unsold Gabrius, loc. Two books lie open on a shelf one propped up against the wall , together with an hourglass a candlestick and candle, the middle joint of a wind instrument of some kind, and what looks like part of a recorder with two finger holes visible.
Still-life , Jan Vermeulen fl. Location unknown; sold by Leger Galeries, London. A book lies open on a table on which are scattered papers, a shawm, what looks like the body of a flute, a violin, a lute, and the head of a recorder with a brass sheath covering the beak, as in other works by this painter.
Allegory on the Death of Admiral Tromp by van Steenwyck. Books and Musical Instruments , oil on wood, Jan Vermeulen fl. On a table, a script text illegible with seals, papers and books one standing open and more or less upright are piled in disarray with what looks like the bodies of two flutes, a lute, and a recorder almost entirely hidden by the other items. The recorder has a metal-sleeved beak. Location unknown; sold by Charpentier, Paris December On a table two books lie open one standing more or less upright with musical instruments, including a shawm, a lute, a violin and a recorder only the head of which is visible with a brass sheath covering the beak, as in other works by this painter.
On a table are scattered a globe, books, a flute with a brass sheath , a lute, a cello, a shawm and a recorder only the head of which is visible with a brass sheath covering the beak, as in other works by this painter. Copenhagen: Statens Museum for Kunst, Cat. On a table are scattered a globe, papers, books, notes, an ink-well and quill, an hourglass, a money pouch, a violin only the scroll is visible , a flute partially visible and a renaissance-style soprano recorder with a brass sheath covering the beak, as in other works by this painter.
Behind a panelled window lie jumbled music, books, a jar, a shawm, papers, and a cylindrical recorder with a brass sheath, the foot not visible. Auctioned 6 May , sold Gabrius, loc. London: Johnny van Haeften A copy from an original by Vermeulen Includes what appears to be the same brass-sheathed recorder found in other works by Vermeulen. Location unknown; auctioned May , sold. A still-life with a skull with ivy wreath, a crown, money bags, an hourglass, a pearl necklace, a book, the bell of a? On a table covered with a blue cloth, lie jumbled a globe, an hourglass, books, a portrait of King Charles I, music, a lute, a shawm only the foot visible , the body of a?
Auctioned 28 May , unsold, and 10 March , unsold Gabrius, loc. Possibly a copy of a painting of identical composition in the Mauritshuis, The Hague. On a pedestal lie a watch, a? In the background is a globe. Vanitas , oil on canvas, On a bench lie jumbled a blue cloth, a globe, two much-thumbed books one open , a flute, a lute, and other objects. The beak of the recorder is brass-sheathed; details of the windway and block are unusually clearly visible.
Vanitas , oil on panel, London: Rafael Valls, offered for sale — col. On a plinth lies a jumble of vanitas objects, including a skull, books, bone, crown, watch, purse, hourglass, candlestick, spectacles, violin scroll only visible , pipe possibly a recorder, only the foot and lower body visible , music sheet, and an unusual object which may be a recorder.
The latter is black and cylindrical with a brass-sheathed beak and ornamental brass rings down the body; the foot is not visible. Fra Giovanni da Verona Multifaceted Italian artist and member of the Olivetan order a congregation within the Benedictine Confederation ; he was a skilled engraver, illuminator, sculptor, woodcarver and architect; his wood inlays are remarkable for their use of perspective; born Verona , died Intarsia , Fra Giovanni da Verona Winternitz pl.
The open doors of a cupboard reveal music and instruments on shelves, including lute, cittern, and two pipes, one of which is a duct flute flageolet or recorder. Web-site: Abbazia di Monteoliveto, Asciano The open doors of a cupboard reveal two shawms and two flared-bell recorders very clearly depicted, one with a fontanelle.
Vatican: Stanza della segnatgura, Choir. Hammerstein fig. One of a number of panels illustrating musical instruments. This one shows a harp and three duct cylindrical duct flutes, one shows only three finger holes, one shows at least six, another is unclear. Music , oil on canvas, tondo cm diam. Venice: Palazzo Ducale, Libreria Vecchia, ceiling. One of 21 circular pictures adorning the ceiling of the great room of the Libreria Vecchia which illustrate allegories of education, the arts and the sciences. Two women play viol and lute watched by a third.
Between them stands a wingless cupid, probably intended to underline the connection of music with love. Behind them, a statue of Pan gazes down from a plinth. Above them, two broken recorders tied together, hang from a willow tree, possibly votive gifts from shepherds. The Finding of Moses c. Madrid: Museo del Prado, Inv. On the far right a lady in waiting encourages a dwarf jester holding a pipe recorder or shawm with a gently curved medium flared bell to play some music.
There are several other versions derived from this small painting Robertson, loc. The artist was assisted by Benedetto Veronese. Similar to the Prado version but reversed.
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The dwarf jester on the left clutches a stubby alto-sized recorder in his right hand. The mouthpiece and the beak are very clear. The body is cylindrical, apart from an abruptly flared bell with a beaded rim. Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, A Anthony Harrison et al. Similar to the Washington version. The dwarf jester on the right, here, clutches a conical alto-sized pipe in his right hand. Hermes, Herse and Aglauros , oil on canvas, Cambridge: Fitzwilliam Museum, Accn On the table between the two sisters is a bass viol seen on on the flat, end on; and between it and the table-edging are three tenor pipes, cylindrical and featureless, lying in a jumble.
The symbolism matches that of the neighbouring Titian Venus — the pipes representing lust, the bass viol masculinity. Proclamation to the Shepherds. See print by Jacob Matham. Concert , painting, possibly by Paolo Caliari Veronese Two men and two decidedly pregnant ladies are in conversation whilst three female musicians entertain them. One kneels, playing a viola da braccio; one, seated, plays a lute; one standing plays a slender duct flute possibly a recorder left hand uppermost. Antonio Verrio Italian painter active in England; specialising in illusionist ceilings and wall decorations, including those of the state rooms of Windsor Castle; in he was appointed Principal Painter to the King; born Lecce , died Hampton Court, London Ceiling painting, Antonio Verrio Chatsworth House: Grand Staircase, ceiling.
Ceres with other gods, including Mercury, and other personages, some with musical instruments. A bearded man in white with a hood could be playing a basset recorder, directly blown into the top end at the side like some present-day bassets ; and a satyr plays a tenor-size instrument from the side of his mouth, but not in cornetto-playing position. Detail is not good for either instrument, but the bottom end of the? The lower part of the tenor instrument below the lower left hand has some finger holes just visible, including the lowest hole offset to the left.
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