|Cat||B126a (not catalogued)|
|Title||Composition with Black, Red, Grey, Yellow and Blue|
|Format||Gouache with traces of pencil laid down on card|
|Size (h,w)||27.8 x 19.1 cm|
|Signed||lower left in black on yellow: PM 20 (?)|
|Location||Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki,
Promised gift of Julian and Josie Robertson in memory of Josephine (Josie) Tucker Robertson (1943-2010)
|Owners||Julian and Josie Robertson|
|Notes||I cannot find this in the Catalogue. I have placed it and numbered it with B126 as there is such a striking similarity between the two works. There are a few other abstract gouache pieces, notably B136, the sketch B362, the B167 designs for Ida Bienert, B205, the setting of Seuphor's poem, and the B178 stage set.
The Robertsons are interviewed in the catalogue for the Auckland exhibition celebrating the promised gift and describe the work as "a relatively new painting for us. It was strongly recommended by our friend and advisor, David Norman, who is a vice president at Sotheby's in New York. I'm really glad I bought it."
There's an entertaining piece on the exhibition in general and the Mondrian in particular here.