|A reminder of the original|
|In Missing Mondrians I note,
"The Nicholsons were friends of Mondrian. It was Winifred Nicholson who brought him from Paris to London in 1938. In 1931 or 32, Winifred painted her children on holiday on the Isle of Wight. In 1942, Mondrian painted New York City. Winifred retained the painting until she sold it in 1971. In Christopher Andreae’s delightful biography of Winifred, he notes that ‘One evening in Winifred’s flat in Paris, 1936, Mondrian had seen Winifred’s paintings and appreciated them - ‘It was a good evening at your home and I saw with pleasure your work; also your “naturalistic” painting is very pure and true,’ he wrote her in a thank-you note.’ (Letter in the Tate Archives, Ben Nicholson Papers) [18, p.131].
|My detail in fused glass, 2010|
New York City
Here's the home page: the site is model train oriented.
Little New York City, Mondrian Variation II, 1983
acrylic on wood, 71.5x71.5cm.
A terrific idea, found here. Boris died in 1996.
|Combining Mondrian, Kleint and Vianini gives my homage to all three, the last image in this section.
It hangs on our stairs.
Other views in Flickr.
Jail Cell Designed by Piet Mondrian, (1872-1944)
Cement, Desk, Bed, Iron Bars: painted and furnished in 1941
Shortly after Piet Mondrian's arrival in New York, he was commissioned to design a jail cell for the newly renovated Attica State Prison. The design, based on his Plasticity theories, was intended as a sublime spiritual environment meant to subdue the brutal and barbaric impulses of convicted killers serving life sentences without parole.
The first occupant, a double-murderer named Mark Dewie Champ, spent three weeks in Mondrian's cell before he hung himself with a shoelace. After that, it was discovered that the primary colors---especially those on the jail cell bars---were creating auditory as well as visual hallucinations in both the occupant and nearby prison guards.
With the death of Mr. Champ, and at the insistence of the Prison Guards Union (Local 187), officials decided to abandon the experiment. The cell remained empty until shortly after Mondrian's death in 1944, when officials decided to repaint it in "Industrial Green".
NOTE: This is the only known photograh of the lost jail cell; Mondrian's painting "New York City I" can be seen on the right---hanging over the small bed.