Thursday, January 26, 2012

a Dutch event- Jan 19th, 2012

early piet mondrian, his realistic style, very early 1900's

one would never guess these were mondrians


two dutch girls, if you can find them. Not painted by Mondrian

very pretty colors. Mondrian

Little House in Sunset "Huisje bij Zon", 1909 Mondrian

 Mondrian used only primary colors; and the non-colors, whites, blacks and greys
"Composition with Blue and Yellow, 1932

Mondrian's most famous painting. " Compositie met groot, rood vlak, geel,zwart, grijs en blauw."  Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Gray and Blue, 1921

this was not mondrian but was a fun tea service

The Nederlands Dans Theatre, Company two. they are based in The Hague

dancing in front of the Mondrians was special
We had the pleasure of being invited to an evening of Dutch art and dance. There was a very informative tour of the Piet Mondrian exhibit, "A Perfect Harmony" at the Vittoriana museum. It was very interesting to see the early Mondrians which were completely different from the Mondrian I know. About 70 oil paintings were displayed as well as about 40 works by other artists. In his later works he wanted harmony, the ideal,  and he used only straight lines - horizontal which symbolizes nature and the vertical which symbolizes man, always trying to bring the harmony of nature and man together. Using only primary colors was pure, nothing forced or mixed. Most of the paintings were from the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.
The Nederlands Dans Theatre 2 danced a short piece to the poetry of Gertrude Stein. Every word had a particular movement, same word, same movement, was very intense. The two dancers were between the ages of 17 and 23 as are all the dancers in dans company number two. The company performs all the world and it would be interested in seeing them sometime. The International Herald Tribune said of them on March 6th 2012:  THe nederlands dans theatre and its junior division, nederlands dan theatre2,are celebrated as two of the world's sleekest, most distinctive dance ensembles...
The art and dance was followed by a nice buffet on the roof top restaurant of the museum with a wonderful nighttime view of Rome. A very nice evening thanks to the Dutch.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a great evening of art, dance, and food! :) The early paintings are so different from his famous work, wow.