Farm Near Duivendrecht, in the Evening

MAKER:
Artist

Piet Mondrian ( Dutch, 1872 - 1944 )

DATE:
About 1916 (reprise of a compositional series from 1905–1908)
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General Description

Strong lines dominate this scene of a farmhouse at twilight. The dwindling light at the end of the day creates a halo of vibrant orange around the interlocking web of barren trees, highlighting the linear patterns created by their branches.

Piet Mondrian often visited this farm near Duivendrecht, a small village near Amsterdam, and made many paintings of the building and surrounding trees. This scene captures his attentiveness to the nuances of light, shadow, and reflection. The painting simultaneously hints at the artist’s growing interest in the fl attening of forms and the linear structures of his later fully abstract paintings.

Excerpt from

Heather MacDonald, DMA label copy, 2010.

Fun Facts

  • The Dallas Museum of Art also owns a drawing of this scene, Farm Near Duivendrecht, in the Evening (2017.44.1.A-B).

Web Resources

  • Tate, London
    Tate Kids provides an excellent way to introduce the work of Piet Mondrian to children.

  • Guggenheim, New York
    Learn more about the artist and his work from the Guggenheim.