Mondrian's Paintings & Their Pulsating Intricacy

Piet Mondrian Broadway Boogie Woogie 1942-43, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 inches (Mus
Piet Mondrian Broadway Boogie Woogie 1942-43, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 inches (Museum of Modern Art, MoMA)

Roberta Smith considers the paintings of Piet Mondrian.

Smith begins: "The longer I look at Mondrian’s paintings, the more I see in them. This applies to lots of art, but I think Mondrian built real time into his paintings. They unfold with unusual deliberation in a semblance of symmetry and order that is actually precarious, even volatile. This is especially true of his mature works from the late 1920s to the early 1940s, with their tensile fusions of glowing white backgrounds, black scaffoldings and blocks of bright primaries. Everything about them, the tiniest decision, is evident and has visual repercussions."