Arts Everyday Living: Escape Social Isolation Creatively—the Sea, the Sky, and the Sand in Art

Piet Mondrian, By the Sea, 1909, oil on cardboard, Private Collection

Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) is considered one of the pioneers of modern art—his art defined as abstract, often without a recognizable subject.  However  in By the Sea, an early work, viewers can still discern the sea, the beach, and sky, depicted in broad areas of color and form. You might want to compare the more realistic approach of Claude Monet (1840-1926) and his Hauling a Boat Ashore, Honfleur below done nearly 50 years before.

 

Claude Monet, Hauling a Boat Ashore, Honfleur, 1864, oil on canvas, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

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