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The definitive document on PM's paintings is the Catalogue Raisonné by Joosen and Welsh (often referred to as CR or The Catalogue on this site), published by Abrams, 1998. This 1100 page, two-volume work is the most comprehensive on the subject and must set the standard by which others are judged. It seeks to show and describe every Mondrian work, although a disappointing number of the 1300 illustrations are in black and white rather than colour. It also details his life and exhibitions. It is rather disparaging about some of the competition.

There were earlier efforts to catalogue Mondrian's works, notably by Seuphor, Ottolenghi and Blok and these reference numbers are also given where available (if there isn't one, this is shown as S-, O- etc.). The Blackburn-Mondrian Index value (B-MI) is also given.

The Catalogue divides the painting into three or four main groups, perhaps six:

Reference Count Description Legacy
A1 - A710
710
Early Naturalistic Works
A100-A111, A594-A631 Flowers
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B1 - B324
324
Abstracts
B1-B103 Early abstracts, 1911-1919
B104-B324 Rectilinear abstracts, 1920-1944
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B325 - B411
87
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B412 - B415
4
Self-made furniture link
C1 - C155
155
Late Naturalistic Works
C34-C153 Flowers
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U1 - U27
27
Unidentified references link

In addition to the complete listings, there are also specialist pages dealing with: Consignments - Diamond (or Lozenge) Paintings - "Double-Line" Paintings - Missing Works - Nudes - Self-Portraits.