Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)
PROPERTY FROM THE ISRAEL MUSEUM, JERUSALEM, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND: SELECTIONS FROM THE CARL H. AND RUTH L. GANS COLLECTION
Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)

Wilgenbos, Stammen Leunen naar Links II

Details
Piet Mondrian (1872-1944)
Wilgenbos, Stammen Leunen naar Links II
signed 'P. MONDRIAAN' (lower left)
oil on canvas laid down on board
9 x 15 3/8 in. (23 x 39.3 cm.)
Painted in Amsterdam circa 1902-1903
Provenance
S.B. Slijper, Blaricum (acquired from the artist, 1919 and possibly until 1951).
Anon. sale, S.J. Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 3 April 1951, possibly lot 237.
Elli Landsberger-Stiasny, The Hague (by 1960).
Carl H. and Ruth L. Gans, New York (by descent from the above, 1980).
Gift from the above to the present owner, 1984.
Literature
R.P. Welsh, Piet Mondrian: Catalogue Raisonné of the Naturalistic Works (until early 1911), New York, 1998, vol. I, p. 288, no. A351 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

According to Robert P. Welsh, the present work and the related larger version (Welsh, no. A350) "obviously represent the same grouping of pollarded willow trees, and both appear to be plein-air sketches produced at the site... [the present] version is so similar in style, coloration and point of view for the artist that execution in sequence seems likely. Such flattened profiles of tree trunks as present in these paintings seem more characteristic of earlier, pre-Brabant members of the subject series than those which are likely to date from circa 1905-06" (op. cit., p. 288).

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