Piet Mondrian: The Studios || Cees W de Jong

Artists’ creative spaces might be as important as the work they produce in them, yet they are largely overlooked. This, even if it is not where they found their inspiration, will be where they distilled it and where reality became art. The layout, order or chaos, even the personal items on which they placed importance can tell us much about their state of mind. A studio can be homely, or it can provide a change, maybe even a refuge, from familiarity and reality and this can inform, as well as explain, the work that was produced in it.

Studios were particularly important for Piet Mondrian and this fascinating book includes photographs of him at work, as well as some of the drawings that he produced of them himself. It builds on the reconstruction of his studio at the Rue du Départ and 2014’s Mondrian and His Studios exhibition at Tate Liverpool.

Taken as a whole, this is a thorough account of Mondrian’s career and creative process, seen through the lens of the spaces that were important to him. It is far more than just another account of an artist whose path has been trodden many times before.

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