MONDRIAN: NATURE TO ABSTRACTION
(Tate Gallery, London, 26 July-30 November 1997)
“Art advances where religion once led. Religion’s basic content was to transform the natural; in practice, however, religion always sought to harmonize man with nature, that is, with untransformed nature. Likewise, in general, Theosophy and Anthroposophy -although they already knew the basic symbol of equivalence- could never achieve the experience of equivalence relationship, achieve real, fully human harmony.
Art, on the other hand, sought this in practice.” (1922)
“What do I want to express in my work? Nothing rather than what every artist seeks: to express harmony through the equivalence of relationships of lines, colours, and planes. But only in the clearest strong way.” (1934)
“Everybody knows that painting and sculpture are concerned with the expression of the essence of art and not with the representation that cloaks it. But not everyone is convinced that the essence can be plastically expressed exclusively through lines, colours, form, and their mutual relationships, thus without any particular subject matter.” (1938).
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