About the original work
In January 1909, Mondriaan organized an exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam with his artist friends Cees Spoor and Jan Sluijters. Art critics show little understanding for the work he shows. One is bewildered: “I don’t understand a red-blue-yellow windmill.” Another sees “a blood-soaked windmill against a yellow sky with holes like Swiss cheese.” Artist Conrad Kickert, who used to appreciate the work , believes that Mondrian is in a delusion. Frederik van Eeden, influential psychiatrist and leader of the literary movement De Tachtigers, describes Mondrian’s work as an expression of a psychological illness.
Only author Isaac Querido reacts enthusiastically: ‘There is another canvas hanging in front of you, on which a windmill in the sun. You have never seen anything so murderous in color. It is golden yellow, Indian yellow, and cadmium light with radiant vermilion and orange, teeming like a rain of color from the blessed sky.” For Mondrian, observing the world around him – and the viewing experience that this produces – remains important, even if his work becomes more abstract. The intense red and blue of the windmill, against the variegated planes of blue and yellow in the background, is Mondrian’s way of depicting looking against bright sunlight.
- Title: Molen bij zonlicht
- Artist: Piet Mondriaan
- Year: 1908
- Material: Oil on canvas
- Dimensions: 115 × 87 cm
- Location: Kunstmuseum, The Hague
This painting by Piet Mondrian is reproduced as a Giclée with an advanced 12-color printer that sprays the pigment inks onto the canvas or paper, layer by layer. Due to this large color spectrum and the high resolution, the reproduction is very close to the original.
The pigment inks used are UV-resistant, so that no discoloration can occur. The colors always remain beautiful and that is why we give an unlimited guarantee! You can order Giclees framed and unframed.