Piet Mondrian, Apple Tree in Flower (1912) ©  Piet Mondriaan: 2009 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o hcr International, Warrenton, Virginia

Towards the end of 1911, Piet Mondrian—or as he then spelled it, “Mondriaan,” in the Dutch way—showed six paintings at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in the first exhibition of a recently formed progressive artists’ association, the Moderne Kunst Kring. He also helped to judge submissions to the show, as a member of the group and as an artist with a growing reputation for adventurous work, at least by the standards of a...


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