Willow Grove: Impression of Light and Shadow


Piet Mondrian ( Dutch, 1872 - 1944 )

c. 1905
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General Description

Piet Mondrian is famous for his abstract paintings, but this relatively early work reveals his origins as a landscape painter in the Impressionist tradition. The stout trunks and gnarled branches of the willow trees crisscross the background and reflect in the water in the foreground. The loose, open structure formed by the trees becomes a more prominent lattice of dark branches in some of Mondrian’s later landscapes, heralding the black grids that would eventually structure his abstract paintings.

Excerpt from

Nicole Myers, DMA label copy, 2017.

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.