About this artwork
It is difficult to know precisely when Mondrian made this lyrical landscape. Even after he began to create his better-known abstract work, he still made more salable scenes in order to support himself. Since it bears stylistic similarities to his late-19th-century work, the watercolor probably predates 1900. The Amsterdam skyline appears from the west, as it does often in his pictures from that time. Although the scene is filled with lifelike details, Mondrian seemed to have delighted in the rhythmic placement of the trees. As they reach to the upper edge of the sheet, their reflections extend across the water, punctuated intermittently by coppiced stumps.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Piet Mondrian
- Amsterdam Skyline Viewed from the West
- Made 1894–1904
- Watercolor, gouache, and fabricated black chalk, with erasures, on cream wove paper
- Signed recto, lower right, in black crayon: "PIET MONDRIAAN"
- 399 × 588 mm
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection