Maker and role
Artist: Piet Mondrian, Dutch, 1872-1944
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Among Mondrian's variations of the same subject, trees were his favorite during this period. Painted at the end of a naturalistic phase in his work, the scene heralded a change in his palette to lighter colors. His trees gradually evolved into grids of pastel primaries. After seeing Cubist works by Picasso and Braque, Mondrian developed Neo-Plasticism, the style for which he is known: quadrangles of white, red, blue, and yellow divided by a grid of black horizontal and vertical lines.
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