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Piet Mondriaan (1872-1944)

Field with three Trees

Piet Mondriaan (1872-1944)
Field with three Trees
charcoal on paper
69 x 97 cm
Executed circa 1907-1908
Dr. J.F.S. Esser, Amsterdam
R.P. Welsh, Piet Mondrian's Early Career, The 'Naturalistic' periods, New York, London 1977, p. 113, p. 193 (ill.)
Paris, Galerie Daniel Cordier, Piet Mondrian, oeuvre figurative de collections Parisiennes, 12 August 1956 - 31 March 1957, no. IV

Lot Essay

"Two charcoal drawings, for example, Landscape near Oerle and Field with three Trees (sic present lot) contain broad and uniformly rendered surface areas which fully convey a convincing sense of the vastness of out-of-doors space, which in Mondrian's real theme here, without sacrificing a feeling of stylistic harmony, derived from the sketchy, but unhurried execution of their charcoal medium. More over, each of these drawings has a subject and stylistic counterpart in an oil painting which taken together indicates how Mondrian's final experiments within the context of his realistic oeuvre were not merely haphazard or dissatisfied attempt to 'break the bound' of convention. They indicate instead a continuous attempt to explore and to exploit the most radical possibilities inherent in the conventions of his accepted style and always in terms of his own unique artistic sensitivity." (Welsh, op.cit. p. 113)

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