Composition with White and Red

Piet Mondrian, Dutch, 1872 - 1944


Oil on canvas

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:
European Painting

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

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Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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Consigned by the artist to the Valentine Gallery (Valentine Dudensing), New York, 1936; sold to A. E. Gallatin, New York, December 14, 1936 [1]; bequest to PMA, 1952. 1. Communication from Julia May Boddewyn, March 15, 2017 (in curatorial file); originals: Valentine Dudensing Ledger Books, The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. 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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