Piet Mondrian “Quotes” | Dutch Modern Artist (1872–1944)

June 4, 2009

Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.

Intellect confuses intuition.

In art the search for a content which is collectively understandable is false; the content will always be individual.

The essence of painting has actually always been to make it [the universal] plastically perceptible through colour and line.

Curves are so emotional.

Nature (or what I see) inspires me, gives me, as it does virtually every painter, the emotion from which the urge derives to create something. But I want to approach truth as closely as possible, and thus I abstract everything until I come to the essence (always the external essence!) of things.

The emotion of beauty is always obscured by the appearance of the object. Therefore the object must be eliminated from the picture.

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