Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)
Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)

Study for "Stadhouderskade"

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)
Study for "Stadhouderskade"
signed 'PIET MONDRIAAN' (lower right)
oil on canvas
16½ x 25 in. (42 x 63.5 cm.)
Painted circa 1899
Mr. and Mrs. J. Siedenburg, Amsterdam (gift from the artist, 1905).
Anon. sale, S.J. Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 14 November 1961, lot 583.
Garton and Co., London (1988).
Acquired by the present owner, by 1996.
R.P. Welsh, Piet Mondrian, Catalogue Raisonné of the Naturalistic Works (until early 1911), New York, 1998, vol. I, p. 233, no. A195 (illustrated in color, p. 39).
M. Bax, Complete Mondrian, Hampshire, 2001, p. 83 (illustrated in color).
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Piet Mondriaan Herdenkingstentoonstelling, November-December 1946, no. 18 (titled Amsterdamse gracht and dated 1905).
London, Garton and Co., 1990, no. 18.
Amsterdam, Gemeentearchief, Piet Mondrian, The Amsterdam Years, 1892-1912, February-May 1994, p. 88, no. 12 (illustrated in color; titled Stadhouderskade near the Amsterdam House of Detention and dated 1899-1900).
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Encounters with Modern Art, Works from the Rothschild Family Collections, September 1996-January 1998, p. 206, no. 100.

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Lot Essay

The present oil study depicts the Stadhouderskade--a segment of the roadway bordering on its outer edge the Singel canal, which at that point encompassed the outer limits of Amsterdam--and served as a highly finished study for a larger watercolor. The principle boat depicted is not a fishing vessel but a tjalk, the most common type of large cargo barge employed within the inland waterways of the Netherlands since the seventeenth century.

According to Robert Welsh, "Mondrian must have considered this version in oil of special interest in his oeuvre, seeing that he eventually gave it to his friend J. Siedenburg, a writer who eventually became director of the prestigious Amsterdam art firm, Fr. Buffa" (op. cit., p. 233).

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