Spring Sun (Lentezon): Castle Ruin: Brederode


Piet Mondrian ( Dutch, 1872 - 1944 )

late 1909–early 1910
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General Description

A weblike network of tree branches reveals a distant glimpse of a deteriorating medieval castle. The free yet carefully nuanced quality of the brushwork exemplifies Piet Mondrian’s early dedication to oil sketches made in nature and his interest in capturing the changing quality of light and atmosphere at different times of the day and year. Although the artist was still using a broken, almost pointillist touch at this point in his career, the fragmenting of the landscape forms in this work suggests a movement toward the Cubist vocabulary that would dominate his work in the coming years.

Excerpt from

Nicole Myers, DMA label copy, 2018.

Web Resources

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
    View a 17th-century painting by Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael that depicts the same castle seen in this Mondrian painting, the Castle of Brederode.