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the new plastic in painting


Piet Mondrian was born in 1872 in Amersfoort, Netherlands. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Amsterdam and as a young painter, he focused landscapes and natural scenes. His first years as a painter are marked by a constant research of new forms and by influences from various art movements as impressionism, pointillism, fauvism and cubism. In 1917, he associated with Theo Van Doesburg to create the paper De Stilj (The Style) in which artists, designers and architects are sharing avant-gardes ideas of arts. During this period Mondrian doesn't paint much and is dedicating his time to writing theorical and philosophical essays on art. This is during this period that he will theorize a new plastic in paintings aiming to reach a universal sense of beauty with abstract compositions :

This new plastic idea will ignore the particulars of appearance, that is to say, natural form and color. On the contrary, it should find its expression in the abstraction of form and color, that is to say, in the straight line and the clearly defined primary color.

"Natural Reality and Abstract Reality" (1919)


This virtual gallery gathers 12 different works painted by Mondrian following his idea of a new plastic in painting and created from 1921 to his death in 1944. 


The Gallery

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The online platforms are key to making content easily accessible to any users on the web and on multiple devices: smartphones and tablets, computers, VR headsets. This virtual gallery is available on which offers an easy and great Augmented Reality as well as the possibility to discovering it in Virtual Reality. It has also been published on the 3D Platform popular in the video game and the animation industry. Sketchfab brings a high-quality real-time rendering of 3D models online and is used by a community of more than 6 million users. The 360° degree display is being run on the virtual tour platform

The virtual world experience runs as a part of a wider project which aims at creating a metaverse of history's great artwork, the The Imaginary Museum virtual world is dedicated to artists such as Hokusai, Jeanne Hebuterne, Titian, and Auguste Rodin and has been developed using Mozilla Hubs solution. Each of its virtual worlds can be experienced efficiently online, on smartphones, desktops and with most VR headsets. 

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