|Mondrian: Perfect Harmony at the Complesso del Vittoriano
|Composition No. 12 with Blue © Mondrian/Holtzman Trust
Mondrian's primary coloured Neo-plastic paintings are truly iconic and instantly recognisable the world over. They are represented at the close of this retrospective by a handful of paintings in the final room, and include the Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray and Blue (1921) used in the poster campaign across the city, as well as Composition No. 12 with Blue (started in Paris in 1936 and completed after his move to New York in 1942), on loan from the National Gallery of Canada. As familiar as these paintings may be, no reproduction can ever quite match the thrill of the encounter with real paint on canvas – the dynamism of Composition No. 12, with its flickering optical effects, kept me transfixed.
|Study for Five Trees along the Gein with Moon (1907)
© Mondrian/Holtzman Trust
|The Red Cloud © Mondrian/Holtzman Trust
The awkward spacial layout and lack of natural lighting at the Vittoriano make this exhibition space less than ideal for showcasing the shimmering beauty of Mondrian's early landscapes, but this is nevertheless, a must-see show and an excellent introduction to the artist's entire oeuvre.
Mondrian: Perfect Harmony continues at the Complesso del Vittoriano until 29th January, 2012.
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