Piet Mondrian Quotes

Intellect confuses intuition. ”
- Piet Mondrian

To approach the spiritual in art, one will make as little use as possible of reality, because reality is opposed to the spiritual. ”
- Piet Mondrian

The truly modern artist is aware of abstraction in an emotion of beauty”
- Piet Mondrian

All painting - the painting of the past as well as of the present - shows us that its essential plastic means we are only line and color. ”
- Piet Mondrian

In past times when one lived in contact with nature, abstraction was easy; it was done unconsciously. Now in our denaturalized age abstraction becomes an effort.”
- Piet Mondrian

Art is not made for anybody and is, at the same time, for everybody. ”
- Piet Mondrian

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

The colored planes, as much by position and dimension as by the greater value given to color, plastically express only relationships and not forms. ”
- Piet Mondrian

Curves are so emotional.”
- Piet Mondrian

Everything is expressed through relationships. ”
- Piet Mondrian

The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel. ”
- Piet Mondrian

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

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. ”
- Piet Mondrian

It is possible that, through horizontal and vertical lines constructed with awareness, but not with calculation, led by high intuition, and brought to harmony and rhythm, these basic forms of beauty, supplemented if necessary by other direct lines or curves, can become a work of art, as strong as it is true.”
- Piet Mondrian

The purer the artist's 'mirror' is, the more true reality reflects in it. Overseeing the historical culture of art, we must conclude that the mirror only slowly is purified. Time producing this purifying shows a gradual, more constant and objective image of reality. ”
- Piet Mondrian

Nature or, that which I see, inspires me, puts me, as with any painter, in an emotional state so that an urge comes about to make something, but I want to come as close as possible to the truth and abstract everything from that, until I reach the foundation, still just an external foundation, of things... ”
- Piet Mondrian

Reality manifests itself as constant and objective - independent of us, but as changeable in space and time. Consequently, its reflection in us contains both properties. Mixed up in our mind, these properties are confused and we do not have a proper image of reality. ”
- Piet Mondrian