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Piet Mondrian arguably one of the world's most famous artist and known for his paintings in this cubist style with black lines " trolley lines" with offset colors in a balance. There is no proof to know if this is original yet many hours have been spent researching this piece by experts and the most common answer is that they can't say yes or no. There are more pros than cons in showing this was an original piece done by the artist's hand. Part of the large Dickenson collection where many great pieces have been sold and are within this auction. This painting was originally acquired at an estate sale in Naples Florida in the 1960's by Mr. Dickenson. Here are the facts that are known with this artwork as well as the history of Mondrian at the time. In the year 1932 Mondrian was starting to add colors to his works and prior there was of one color in a square though in 1931-32 he began adding color to two squares such as this example. Also, later in the year he traveled to Europe and was in Germany for some time. His works were being displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York where many of his paintings are today. Searching all catalogs this painting does not appear yet one of this size with two colors different than this example, dated 1932 were displayed. Here is where it really gets interesting. A man by the name of J.B. Neumann opened a gallery not far from MOMA and dedicated it to attract artist to share ideas and work. Not a large gallery but Neumann did have exhibitions and this painting could well have been one of them. There is a brown paper tag on the bottom of the stretcher frame ( see pictures) that has in manual typewriter " J.B. then numbers for gallery inventory, then " Composition in Red and Yellow 1932" as well as Piet Mondrian. This piece comes from the Dickerson Estate of Knoxville, TN. See Photos for Details. Shipping Available.


Measures 19.75" x 15.5". The aged white outside border shows signs of newer white paint.

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