Mondriaan in Domburg, a personal story
Zeeland was important for Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan, or Mondrian, as he changed his name while living in America the last part of his life. At the beginning of this century Mondriaan came often to Domburg (my birthplace) in Zeeland, where he stayed with other painters and artists. They worked and exposed in that little village because there were a lot of rich people who could effort to buy art. And the European rich and famous came to Domburg because there lived a famous doctor, named Johann George Mezger. Taking baths in the salty seawater of Domburg was one of his advices for a good health and a long live. So a lot of rich people came to the village and build their summer houses there.
And the artists followed. Another, much more romantic story tells you that the painters didn't care so much for selling and the money, they came with a noble artistic purpose, the vibrations of new art in the air and the very special yellow kind of light, called: Het Zeeuwse Licht.
Anyway, probably a bit of both is true. Mondriaan painted a lot in Domburg, mostly nature, the dunes, the beach, trees, mills and the church tower. He began his abstract painting in Domburg. The true artistic motives of the bachelor and theosophist Mondriaan are still a mystery. Did he paint his flowers only for the money? Was his abstract painting a rejection of the visual reality? Nobody knows for sure.
My grandfather, Kees Maas, saw him many times sitting in the dunes painting and drawing. "He was a small man who didn't say much, he didn't have much contacts with the village people as the other painters had," my grandfather told me once. He was a carpenter and made the wooden frames for the paintings of all the artists. So he knew them better than most of the other locals. He showed me all the places Mondrian painted, his favourite places in the dunes. I walk there often and with the sun high in the south, on a nice summer day, looking out over the yellow beach and smelling the sweet duneflowers, it is as if he never left. As if his spirit is always here. No artist catched that special Domburg atmosphere so well in his work as Mondrian did. I love him for what he did with my hometown.
So Zeeland and Mondriaan are connected. And that's why you find a lot of information and links about Mondriaan here on the one and only The Zeeland Site. Spread the word. Don't be shy.
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With love from Domburg, two very special Mondrianlinks, and in the future we will offer you more!
See how beautiful Mondrian made the church-tower of Domburg. He painted it in 1910/11.
Another, exclusive one! Live from Domburg: De Rode Boom (The Red Tree), painted in 1908 and still there today!
Broadway Boogie Woogie
Checkerboard with Light Colours
Composition in Blue B (1917)
Composition No. 10
Composition No. 3 Blanc-Jaune
Composition with Gray and Light Brown
Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue (1928)
Composition with two lines (1931)
Lozenge with Grey Lines
Lozenge with Light Colours and Grey Lines
Opposition of Lines: Red and Yellow
Rose in a Tumbler
Tableau I (1921)
Art Publishers Gallery's collection of Mondrian's works (includes early nonabstract work)
The WebMuseum's Mondrian collection (look for a closer mirror)
A Mondriaan about Mondriaan (written within a Boogie-Woogie style painting)
development of Mondrian's abstract style
Create Your Own Mondrian Paintings
Brian Fitzgerald's Mondrian Creator (Java applet)
Mondrian Factory: a push-driven assembly line that builds series of ``Mondrian'' paintings
Stephen Linhart's Mondrian creator
Steven E. Pav's Mondrian Creator (works by using table colors; requires Netscape 3.0)
De Stijl Movement
De Stijl product designs
Dutch museums on the net
The Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam
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