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Mondrian 1930s - Part I

B217-B249

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B217 Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow, 1930
Oil on canvas, 46x46 cm
Signed lower left in black on blue: P M 30
Kunsthaus Zürich, gift of Alfred Roth
S516, O397, B-
Owners: 1930 Alfred Roth (Zürich); 1987 Kunsthaus, Zürich.

Image from the 2011 Pompidou catalogue.

Mondrian B217 Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow, 1930
B218 Composition No.1: Lozenge with Four Lines, 1930
Oil on canvas, diagonal 107 cm, sides 75.2x75.2 cm
Signed lower left in red on black line: P M 30
Guggenheim Museum, New York, from the Estate of Hilla Rebay
S523, O401, B-
Owners: 1930 Hilla Rebay (NY / Green Farms, Conn.); 1967 Estate of Hilla Rebay; 1971 Guggenheim Museum.

The installation photograph from CR shows B218 and B219 at the Cercle et Carré exhibition, Paris, April 1930. The other works are by Werkman, Huszar, Taeuber-Arp and Stazewski. The photographer was Michael Seuphor.

B97
Mondrian B218 Lozenge with Four Lines, 1930 Mondrian B218 installation 1930
B219 Composition No.II / Composition I / Composition en Rouge, Bleu et Jaune, 1930
Oil on canvas, 51x51 cm
Signed lower left in black on blue: P M 30
Collection of the Fukuoka City Bank, Fukuoka, following auction 27th June 1983, Christie's, London (image in catalogue and in Seuphor).
S517, O396, B-
Owners: 1930 on loan to Otto Carlsund (Stockholm); 1937? Kouro? (Paris); 1949 César Dolema (Paris); 1950 Sidney Janis Gallery; 1950 Armand P. Bartos (NY); 1983 auction Christie's, London; 1983 Fukuoka City Bank.

[Image taken from this article].
Mondrian B219 Composition en Rouge, Bleu et Jaune, 1930
[B219a] Design for composition with red yellow and blue, 1930
Gouache on cardboard, 28.6x22.9 cm
Triton Foundation (a Dutch foundation that holds a collection of masterpieces of the most important artists of the period 1860-1970. The private collection has been built up over the last twenty years by a private collector Rotterdam, it says here).

This appears in the Gemeentemuseum Catalogue with an article which I will try to obtain a translation for. It is not listed in the Catalogue Raisonné. I wonder whether it might be related to the design for Alfred Roth which I discuss in The Missing Mondrians?

Ph3 L'armonia perfetta.
Mondrian B219a Design for composition with red yellow and blue,  1930
B220 Composition No.1 with Yellow and Light grey, 1930
Oil on canvas, 50.5x50.5 cm
Signed lower left in black on white: P M '30
Kunstmuseum, Winterthur, bequest of C. and E. Friedrich-Jezler
S519, O398, B-
Owners: 1930 Emil Friedrich and Clara Friedrich-Jezler (Zürich); 1973 Kunstmuseum, Winterthur.

The installation photograph from CR shows B220 and B212 at the Produktion Paris exhibition, Zurich, October 1930. The other works are by Arp. The photograph is from Der Cicerone, December 1930.
Mondrian B220 Composition No.1 with Yellow and Light grey, 1930 Mondrian B220 installation 1930
B221 Composition with Yellow, 1930
Oil on canvas, 46x46.5 cm
Signed lower left in red on black line: P M 30
Kunstsammlung, Düsseldorf
S515, O395, B-
Owners: 1931 Jan Tschichold (Munich / Basel); 1964 Galerie Beyeler, Basel; 1965 Kunstsammlung, Düsseldorf.

Martijn Le Coultre from The Netherlands has kindly provided the installation photograph, together with the fascinating background information,

During 1930 Hans Arp, together with Gropius and Moholy-Nagy, had devised a plan to raise money for Mondrian among his friends. They would all put up a small sum to buy one of his paintings, which would then be raffled of by lottery. In January 1931 of the 25 participants Jan Tschichold became the winner. When early in 1933 six SA men searched Tschicholds house in Munich, Germany for controversial anti-fascist or pro communist material they confiscated many things. The cleaning lady, who had kept an eye on the Tschicholds, had tipped the SA men of that the Mondrian was "very valuable" and when they searched the house they were very disappointed as -obviously- this modern painting could not have any value at all. Then they thought that maybe the painting was hanging over a wall safe hidden behind it, but in that assumption they were also disappointed. In the end they left the worthless Mondrian behind.
When the Tschicholds left Germany later that year for Basel, Switzerland they were allowed to take the Mondrian and their Bauhaus furniture along. The photo was probably taken in Basel during 1934 and shows Jan Tschichold with his signature bow tie.
The painting was shown at the Konstruktivisten exhibition at the Kunsthalle Basel in 1938.
Tschichold sold it after the war to be able to buy himself a full Swiss pension. Needless to say that he would have done better in keeping the painting.
According to the family the art dealer from Basel who was also their good friend sold it within 48 hours for double the money ( 2x ca 60,000 SFR) to the Museum in Düsseldorf where it can still be seen today.

See also A248.
Mondrian B221 Composition with Yellow, 1930 Mondrian B221 and Jan Tschichold
B222 Composition II with Red, Blue and Yellow, 1930
Oil on canvas, 72.6x54 cm
Signed lower centre in white on black: P M '30
Auctioned 2nd November 1993, Christie's New York
S522, O-, B-
Owners: 1930 on loan to Otto Carlsund (Stockholm); c.1936 Jean Arp (Meudon); 1950 Sidney Janis Gallery; 1951 Mr & Mrs William AM Burden (NY); 1975 Sidney Janis Gallery; 1985 private collection; 1993 Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, 1993 auction, Christie's, NY.

[Not a great image, found in Google. Try the auction catalogue.]

The installation shot is from the Peintures et sculptures contemporaines exhibition, Avignon, 1947. The setting is a wonderful contrast to the art. The image (from CR) originally appeared in Cahiers d'Art, 1947: I'll try to find the original.
Mondrian B222 Composition II with Red, Blue and Yellow, 1930 Mondrian B222 installation 1947
B223 Composition en Blanc et Noir / Composition No.2 with Black Lines, 1930
Oil on canvas, 40.9x33.3 cm
Signed lower left in black on white: P M 30
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, previously James H. and Lillian Clark, Dallas
S520, O399, B-
Owners: 1932 entrusted to Charles JF Karsten Jr (Amsterdam); c1950 Charles JF Karsten Sr (Amsterdam / Brummen); c1950 Jon N Streep (Amsterdam / NY); 1951 John L Senior Jr (NY); 1957 Sidney Janis Gallery; 1960 Galerie Beyeler, Basel; 1962 Sidney Janis Gallery; 1965 James H and Lillian Clark, Dallas; 1992 Sidney Janis Gallery.

Image from Elgar

This being a 'black and white' painting, there is no real problem in using a B&W image from Elgar and this is the only reproduction listed in CR. The picture has appeared in many exhibitions and so a more recent image might be found in due course.

The installation photograph from CR shows B223 (only part in the enlargement), B224 and B227 at the L'Association 1940 exhibition, Paris, June 1931. The other works are by Van Doesberg (2), Hélion (2), Kupka (3) and Gorin (4). I take it that the two on the right are not PMs. Photographer unknown.
Mondrian B223 Composition No.2 with Black Lines, 1930 Mondrian B223 installation 1931
B224 Composition en Blanc et Noir II, with Black Lines, 1930
Oil on canvas, 50.5x50.5 cm
Signed lower left in black on white: P M 30
Stedelijk Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
S521, O400, B281
Owners: 1931 AP van den Briel (De Meern); 1950 Jon N Streep (Amsterdam / NY); 1950 Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

Image from Milner

Installation photograph with B223 above.
Mondrian B224 Composition en Blanc et Noir II, with Black Lines, 1930
B225 Composition No. II with Blue and Yellow, 1930
Oil on canvas, 50.5x50.5 cm
Signed lower centre in red on black line: P M 30
Private collection
S514, O394, B-
Owners: 1931 Sigfried Giedon & Carola Giedon-Welker (Zürich); 1979 private collection.

Image from the Mondrian CD. Also available in Giedion-Welcker, Schriften, 1973.
Mondrian B225 Composition No. II with Blue and Yellow, 1930
B226 Composition No.1 with Red, 1931
Oil on canvas, 82.5x54.7 cm
Signed lower centre in red on black line: P M 31
Private collection, originally a gift to Charmion von Wiegand
S525, O403, B-
Owners: 1941 Charmion von Wiegand (NY), gift of PM; 1971 Harold Diamond (NY); 1971 Fine Arts Mutual, NY; 1983 EV Thaw (NY); 1983 Galerie Beyeler, Basel; 1983 private collection.

This sold for $2.6M at Christies, New York on 19th November 1998.

The first photograph shows Charmion von Wiegand on the roof of her New York apartment building with her B226, 1943, photographer unknown.

The second, from Bois et al, shows B165 and B226 at the École de Paris exhibition, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 1932. There is another installation shot with B228 below.

The letter (1931) from Mondrian to Albert van den Briel, shows sketches of what appear to be B226 and B201 (Bois).
Mondrian B226 Composition No.1 with Red, 1931 Mondrian B226 and Charmion von Wiegand Mondrian B104 instalation 1922 Mondrian B201 letter
B227 Composition en Couleurs / Composition No.1 with Red and Blue, 1931
Oil on canvas, 50.5x50.5 cm
Signed lower centre in red on black: P M 31
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
S524, O402, B-
Owners: 1932 entrusted to Charles JF Karsten Jr (Amsterdam); 1932? on loan to Dr RJ Harrenstein and An Harrenstein-Schräder (Amsterdam); 1946? F Vordemberge-Gildewart (Amsterdam); c1949 Jon N Streep (Amsterdam / NY); c1949 Sidney Janis Gallery; 1950 John L Senior Jr (NY); 1956 Sidney Janis Gallery; 1967 MoMA; 1972 Davlyn Gallery, NY; 1973 Gallerie Agora,Paris; 1977 Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (Lugano); 1992 Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid.

Image from the 2011 Pompidou catalogue.

The installation photograph from CR shows B227 and C153 (Rose in a glass) at an exhibition in Amsterdam, February 1935. Photographer not specified. There is another installation shot with B223 above.
Mondrian B227 Composition No.1 with Red and Blue, 1931 Mondrian B227 installation 1935
B228 Composition No. II with Yellow and Blue, 1931
Oil on canvas, 52x52 cm
Signed lower centre in white on black line: P M 31
Private collection, following sale for $3M on 14th November 1990 auction at Christie's, New York. The Pompidou catalogue states that it is now owned by the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros .
S(657), O404, B-
Owners: 1932 Christian Zervos (Paris), gift of PM; c.1958 Mary Callery (Paris); c.1968 Galerie Tarica, Paris; 1969 Harold Diamond (NY); 1969 Galerie Beyeler,Basel; 1970 Paul Mellon (Washington DC); 1990 auction, Christie's NY; 1990 private collection; currently Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Image from the 2011 Pompidou catalogue. The installation photograph from CR shows B226 and B228 at the L'Association 1940 exhibition, Paris, January 1932. I believe the three on the left are by Gorin. Photographer unknown.

B215 and B228 There is a remarkable similarity between B215 and B228.
Mondrian B228 Composition No. II with Yellow and Blue, 1931 Mondrian B226 installation 1932
B229 Lozenge, Composition with Two Lines, 1931
Oil on canvas, diagonal 112 cm, sides 80x80 cm
Signed lower left in red on black line: P M | '31
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
S526, O405, B282
Owners: 1931 Het Nederland Kunstverbond; 1932 Gemeente Hilversum, gift of HNK; 1951 on loan to Stedelijk Museum; 1988 Stedelijk Museum.

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Mondrian B229 Lozenge, Composition with Two Lines, 1931
B230 Composition A with Red and Blue, 1932
Oil on canvas, 55x55 cm
Signed lower right in red on black line: P M 32
Kunstmuseum, Winterthur, bequest of C. and E. Friedrich-Jezler
S527, O406, B-
Owners: 1932 Emil Friedrich and Clara Friedrich-Jezler (Zurich); 1973 Kunstmuseum, Winterthur.
Mondrian B230 Composition A with Red and Blue, 1932
B231 Composition B with Double Line and Yellow and Grey, 1932
Oil on canvas, 50x50 cm
Signed lower right in red on black line: P M 32
Private collection
S550, O407, B-
Owners: 1932 Oskar Müller and Annie Müller-Widmann (Basel); 1965 private collection.
Mondrian B231 Composition B with Double Line and Yellow and Grey, 1932
B232 Composition C with Grey and Red, 1932
Oil on canvas, 50.2x50.4 cm
Signed lower right in red on black line: P M 32
Private collection
S-, O-, B-
Owners: 1933 C van Eesteren ('s-Gravenhage / Amsterdam), gift of Charles JF Karsten Sr; 1984 Stichting Van Eesteren; 1986 on loan to Haags Gemeentemuseum; 1989 auction, Christie's, London; 1989 John Herring (NY); 1993 private collection.

Mondrian B232 Composition C with Grey and Red, 1932
B233 Composition D with Red, Blue and Yellow, 1932
Oil on canvas, 42x38.5 cm
Signed lower right in red on black line: P M 32
Private collection
S528, O408, B-
Owners: 1933 Rudolf Graber, Wohnbedarf AG, Zurich; 1942 Max Bill (Zurich / Zumikon); 1994 private collection.

Image from the 2011 Pompidou catalogue. The photograph, by Hans Fischer, shows B233 in an installation at Wohnbedarf AG, Zurich.
Mondrian B233 Composition D with Red, Blue and Yellow, 1932  Mondrian B233 installation Wohnbedarf AG, Zurich
B234 Composition with Yellow and Blue, 1932
Oil on canvas, 55.5x55.3 cm
Signed lower right in black on white: P M 32
Beyeler Collection, Basel
S-, O-, B-
Owners: ? G Wallbrink-Oud (Haarlem); c.1950 JJP Oud (Wassenaar); 1963 Annie Oud-Dinaux (Wassenaar); 1978 LP Smid (Amsterdam); 1978 Beyeler Collection, Basel

Image from the Beyeler Collection.

The photograph shows J.J.P. Oud in his home in Wassenaar with B234 c.1961.
Mondrian B234 Composition with Yellow and Blue, 1932 Mondrian B234 and J.J.P. Oud
B235 Composition with Blue and Yellow, 1932
Oil on canvas, 45.4x45.4 cm
Signed lower right in black on white: P M 34
Denver Art Museum, gift of Marion G. Hendrie
S518, O397bis, B-
Owners: 1934 consigned to Eugene Lux (Paris / NY); 1934 Frederick Kiesler (NY); c.1945 Martin Janis (Buffalo); 1946 Valentine Gallery, NY; 1946 Marion G Hendrie (Cincinnati); 1966 Denver Art Museum.

Image from the 2011 Pompidou catalogue.

There is an image of the Denver exhibit in flickr.

Mondrian B235 Composition with Blue and Yellow, 1932
B236 Composition with Yellow and Blue, 1932
Oil on canvas, 41.3x33 cm
Signed lower right in black on white: P M 32
Philadelphia Museum of Art, from the A.E. Gallatin Collection (image in Milner p.192)
S529, O409, B-
Owners: 1933 AE Gallatin; 1933 on loan to The Museum of Living Art (NY); 1942 on loan to Philadelphia Museum of Art; 1952 Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The installation photograph, published in February 1935, shows B236 and three works by ARP at the Gallery of Living Art, New York.
Mondrian B236 Composition with Yellow and Blue, 1932 Mondrian B236 installation 1935
B237 Composition with Double Line and Yellow, 1932
Oil on canvas, 45.2x45.2 cm
Signed lower right in black on white: P M 32
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, originally owned by Winifred Nicholson, then Jake Nicholson.
S-, O-, B-
Owners: 1935 Winifred Nicholson (Paris / Brampton); 1961 Jake Nicholson (London); 1982 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Two photographs (check the hand positions), from the Pompidou catalogue and the Catalogue, showing Mondrian with his brother Carel and Carel's wife Mary at the 278 boulevard Raspail studio. B237 is leaning against the table and B269, B267 and B268 are on the left.

As noted above, Winifred Nicholson was the painting's first owner and the third photograph, from Darwent's Mondrian in London shows the Nicholsons' Jake and Kate at Bankshead with B237 in the background.
Mondrian B237 Composition with Double Line and Yellow, 1932 Mondrian B237 with brother Carel and Carel's wife Mary Mondrian B237 with brother Carel and Carel's wife Mary Mondrian B237 and the Nicholson children
B238 Composition with Double Line and Yellow and Blue, 1933
Oil on canvas, 41x33.5 cm
Signed lower right in red on blue: P M '33
Private collection
S536, O412, B-
Owners: 1933 Oskar Müller and Annie Müller-Widmann (Basel); 1965 private collection.

Mondrian B238 Composition with Double Line and Yellow and Blue, 1933
B239 Composition with Red and Blue, 1933
Oil on canvas, 41.2x33.3 cm
Signed lower right in red on blue: P M '33
MoMA, New York, from the Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection
S535, O413, B-
Owners: 1933 Sidney Janis (NY); 1967 MoMA.

The work appears in this George Segal sculpture.

The photograph, from Blotkamp, shows B210 and B239 at a 1930 exhibition in Chicago.

Mondrian B239 Composition with Red and Blue, 1933 George Segal, Sidney Janis Looking at a Painting by Mondrian, 1967 Mondrian B239 installation 1930
B240 Composition with Blue and Yellow, 1933
Oil on canvas, 41.5x33 cm
Signed lower left in black on yellow: P M 33
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, donation from Gerard Bonnier
S534, O411, B-
Owners: 1933 B Merkelbach (Amsterdam); 1964 Marlborough Fine Art Ltd, London; 1965 Gerard Bonnier (Stockholm); 1988 Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Image from the 1964 Mondrian de Stijl and their impact exhibition.
Mondrian B240 Composition with Blue and Yellow, 1933
B241 Lozenge Composition with Four Yellow Lines, 1933
Oil on canvas, diagonal 112.9 cm, sides 80.2x79.9 cm
Signed lower left in white on yellow line: P M 33
Haags Gemeentemuseum , gift of the artist's admirers, represented by Charlie Toorop.
S537, O410, B283
Owners: 1932 a group of twelve architects on PM's 60th birthday; 1933 Haags Gemeentemuseum.

Image from the 2011 Pompidou catalogue.

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Mondrian B241 Lozenge Composition with Four Yellow Lines, 1933
B242 Composition with Double Lines and Yellow, 1934
Oil on canvas, size not known
It was "probably burnt in transportation by car during World War II". (CR vol.II p370)
S533, O415, B-
Owners: 1934 Emil Friedrich and Clara Friedrich-Jezler (Zürich); lost.

The photograph (and detail) is of Mondrian in 1933 with B241 (above) and B242 in his studio at rue du Départ, Paris.

The third image is the cover of the 1964 edition of the Haags Gemeentemuseum catalogue of their Mondrian collection. Interestingly, they have got the colour of B241 right (they should, as they own it) but have chosen to colour B242 red.

Alan Brooks drew the photograph in 2006 (pencil on paper, 21x29.7cm). Image found at the Saatchi Gallery.

Image reconstructed.
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Mondrian B242 installation Mondrian  with B242 Mondrian Haags Gemeentemuseum B242 book cover Mondrian  B242 Composition with Double Lines and Yellow, 1934 (Reconstruction) Mondrian with B242
B243 Composition in Black and White with Double Lines, 1934
Oil on canvas, 59.4x60.3 cm
Signed lower centre in red on black line: P M 34
Private collection
S532, O414, B-
Owners: 1934 consigned to Eugene Lux (Paris / NY); private collection, on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art; 2009 auction, Sotheby's NY; 2009 private collection.

This sold for $9.2M to an 'unidentified bidder sitting in the back of the salesroom' at an auction in May 2009 at Sotherby's, New York. Report here.
Mondrian B243 auction
Mondrian B243 Composition in Black and White with Double Lines, 1934
B244 Composition No.1,
Composition C, 1934
Composition (Blanc et Bleu), 1936

Oil on canvas, 121.3x59 cm
Signed lower right in black on white: P M 36
Kunstsammlung, Düsseldorf
S525, O434, B-
Owners: 1936 consigned to Valentine Dudensing Gallery, NY; 1936 Walter P Chrysler Jr (NY); 1945 auction Parke-Bernet Galleries, NY; 1945 Harry Holtzman (NY); 1963 Marlborough Fine Art Ltd, London; 1963 Kunstsammlung, Düsseldorf.

The installation photograph from CR shows B244 and B245 at the XIIe Salon des Tuileries exhibition, Paris, May 1934. They are between a pair of Delaunays with a sculpture by Gwen Lux in front. Photograph by Eugene Lux.

Mondrian B244 Composition (Blanc et Bleu), 1936 Mondrian B244 installation 1934
B245 Composition No. II, 1934 / Composition (Blanc et Rouge), 1936
Oil on canvas, 59x56.5 cm
Signed lower right: P M 36
Bought by Paul Bittencourt, São Paulo, in 1958 and subsequently destroyed in a fire.
S549, O428, B-
Owners: 1936 consigned to Valentine Dudensing Gallery, NY; 1939? Mrs Charles H Russell Jr (NY); 1951 John L Senior Jr (NY); 1957 Sidney Jannis Gallery; 1958 Paul Bittencourt, São Paulo; then destroyed by fire.

The image is from Life Magazine Speaking of Pictures, 2nd July 1945. More details here.

There is an installation photograph of an earlier version with B244 above.

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Mondrian B245 Composition (Blanc et Rouge), 1936
B246 Composition with Double Line (unfinished), 1934
Charcoal and oil on canvas, 57x55 cm
Private collection
S(588), O-, B-
Owners: 1944 PM's estate, Harry Holtzman (NY); 1962 Sidney Janis Gallery; 1972 Galerie Tarica, Paris; 1972 private collection.
Mondrian B246 Composition with Double Line (unfinished), 1934
B247 Composition with Double Line (unfinished), 1934
Oil on canvas, approx 55x55 cm
Whereabouts unknown, the work is only known from a 1934 photograph by Eugene Lux.
S-, O-, B-
Owners: none.

The second image is from the Gemeentemuseum Catalogue , which it dates 1927 and attributes to Harry Holtzman.

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Mondrian B247 Composition with Double Line (unfinished), 1934 Mondrian B247 installation 1927
B248 Composition with Double Lines and Yellow (unfinished), 1934
Oil on canvas, 55.5x54.5 cm
Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt
S557, O466, B-
Owners: 1944 PM's estate, Harry Holtzman (NY); 1962 Sidney Janis Gallery; 1970 Galerie Beyeler, Basel; 1978 Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne; 1978 Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt.

Image from Bois et al, Piet Mondrian, 1994.
Mondrian B248 Composition with Double Lines and Yellow (unfinished), 1934
B249 Composition with Red (unfinished), 1934
Charcoal and oil on canvas, 80.9x63 cm
Private collection
S571, O467, B-
Owners: 1944 PM's estate, Harry Holtzman (NY); 1962 Sidney Janis Gallery; 1968 private collection.

Image from the 2011 Pompidou catalogue.
Mondrian B249 Composition with Red (unfinished), 1934
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