Piet Mondrian, 1872-1944
Composition with Grid, No 5 – with Pale Colours. 1919.
Colour screenprint. 1957. Derived from the above painting with the authorisation of the Mondrian Estate. From the series ‘Mondrian - Douze Sérigraphies’. Promoted and issued by Denise René, Paris 1957, working with and supervised by the painter and close friend of Mondrian, Michel Seuphor. Printed at Arcay Studio, Paris 1957.
Numbered in pencil from the edition of 300. With the Denise René certification blindstamp bottom left corner of the sheet. On pale cream smooth wove stiff paper. Superb impression in perfect original condition. Image: overall height: 415mm; overall width 415mm, diamond format. Sheet: 653 x 502mm.
Provenance: Gift from Denise René to the great collector Greta Ströh. 1982.
Note: The painting is in the collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterloo, Netherlands.
It was at this period that Mondrian began to experiment with the use of a ‘diamond format’ so as to extend the spatial abstraction of the composition
This is one of the most brilliant examples of the perfection of the screenprinting in Arcay’s studio. The painting has a background shadow pattern of diamond shapes in an almost imperceptible grey. These are captured here by making a relief pattern in the background ink using an inkless pressure plate.
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