Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • This painting is composed of the most simplified elements of art: primary colors (red, yellow, blue), vertical lines, horizontal lines, and large areas of solid white. What do you think Mondrian is trying to achieve by using these basic elements?

  • Does this painting seem balanced? Why or why not?

  • Piet Mondrian was influenced by jazz music. How could this painting relate to jazz?

  • Based on your observations, what does Piet Mondrian have to say about modern life in the 1940s? How would you depict an aspect of contemporary life using simplified elements?