Composition with White and Red

Piet Mondrian, Dutch, 1872 - 1944

Date:
1936

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
19 7/8 x 20 1/4 inches (50.5 x 51.4 cm) Framed: 26 3/4 x 26 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (67.9 x 66.7 x 7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Modern Art

* Gallery 188, Modern and Contemporary Art, first floor (Brodsky Gallery)

Accession Number:
1952-61-89

Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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Provenance

Consigned by the artist to the Valentine Dudensing Gallery, New York, 1936; sold to A. E. Gallatin, New York, by December 1936 [1]; bequest to PMA, 1952. 1. The painting appears in the Museum of Living Art catalogue of 1936 (which actually appeared in print early 1937). In March of 1936 Mondrian had accepted an offer from Dudensing for the New York gallery to be Mondrian's exclusive representative in America for one year (Joop Joosten, Piet Mondrian: Catalogue Raisonné, 1998, v. 2, p. 163). Mondrian wrote to Winifred Nicholson on Nov. 5, 1936: "Je l'ai envoyé [another painting] à New York avec deux autres que je viens de terminer [including 1952-61-89]. Je les expose chez la galerie qui a cet été vendu le grand tableau" (see Joosten, v. 2, p. 385). On February 15, 1937 Mondrian wrote to Gallatin that he was pleased that a better painting of his was now in Gallatin's museum: "Je vous remercie bien du beau livre que je viens de reçevoir et pour votre appreciation de mon oeuvre. Je suis très content que maintenant une meilleure chose de moi est dans votre musée" (letter in Gallatin Papers, New York Historical Society, microfilm; copy in Mondrian general curatorial file).


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