The Great Upheaval: Artistic revolutionaries from the Guggenheim collection at …

Across hangs a big, bold canvas from 1911 by Piet Mondrian, whom you’d know for his rigid abstractions of the ’30s, with little slivers of blue, yellow and red appearing inside his black and white grids. Called Summer, Dune in Zeeland, it’s a nominal landscape with rough, painterly gestures — a golden scar tear at the blues and lavenders of the background — that evokes the notions of Abstract Expressionism, decades later. By room 3, Mondrian is crafting grids to order his canvas for Still Life With Gingerpot, I and II, still painterly but precisely ordered works from 1911. Leap forward to the final gallery and he’s gone to full abstraction, with the floating colour bricks of Composition, from 1916.

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