Every now and then we read about artists and their sources of inspiration, but the collaboration between Piet Mondrian and YvesSaint Laurent (YSL) has no parallel. It was Piet Mondrian’s painting Composition in Blue, Red, Yellow and Black painted in 1922, that was the inspiration for Yves Saint Laurent’s groundbreaking day dress in 1965 — now preserved for posterity at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York.
With the‘Mondrian collection’, YSL capitalised on the growing interest in minimalist fashion. Referred to as ‘the dress of tomorrow’, it quickly found its way into the mass-market. Mondrian’s 1922 painting, auctioned with YSL’s vast art collection, fetched ¤19 million, nearly double its top estimate.
Mondrian born on March 7, 1872, was his parent’s second child. His father Pieter Cornelius Mondriaan, a qualified drawing teacher, was head teacher at a local primary school and Mondrian was introduced to painting at very early age. His