New Painting by Piet Mondriaan – Part Two

April-Fool-2016Yes, I tried to trick you in believing that Piet Mondrian (Mondriaan in Dutch) painted Wall Street Boogie Woogie in acrylics. It was April Fools Day after all. The painting I showed was Broadway Boogie-Woogie tipped at an 45 degrees angle. He never could have painted it in acrylics by Permanent Pigments, the good man died in 1944, and the paints came available to the larger public in 1954.

Victory Boogie-Woogie wasn’t painted in leftover oils, it was not finished because Piet Mondrian died before he could do that. It can be seen in The Hague @ Gemeentemuseum.


Commercial acrylate dispersions, was invented by Otto Röhm in the early 20th century, from 1931 it wass sold by the German Rohm & Haas as metal, wood and wall paint. In 1954, the American company  Permanent Pigments came with the first acrylic paint for the artist, based on an aqueous dispersion named Liquitex, which as the name already indicates, was targeted on the textile artist. Liquitex was first sold in very thin form in vials, as a so-called low body acrylic with a fairly high concentration of pigment. In 1962 a thicker form in tubing came on the market

Broadway Boogie-Woogie is a painting by Piet Mondrian completed in 1943, shortly after he moved to New York in 1940. Compared to his earlier work, the canvas is divided into a much larger number of squares. Although he spent most of his career creating abstract work, this painting is inspired by clear real-world examples: the city grid of Manhattan, and the Broadway boogie woogie music to which Mondrian loved to dance. The painting was bought by the Brazilian sculptor Maria Martins for the price of $800 at the Valentine Gallery in New York City, after Martins and Mondrian both exhibited there in 1943. Martins later donated the painting to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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