WORKING WITH LINE

Piet Mondrian - Composition with Color Areas (1914)
Mark Tobey -
Broadway 1936 (1936)
Line is the simplest and most direct way we have of visually expressing our ideas -- and it is, of course, one of the
most important "tools" at an artist's disposal for communicating his or her message to us.

Piet Mondrian was one of the most single-minded exponents of abstract art the 20th century produced, and his
compositions of straight lines and primary colors on a stark white field are so unmistakable and instantly
recognizable that they have become symbols of modern art.  For Mondrian, lines helped him to express a "universal
harmony" -- and are in a sense the "subject" of his paintings.

Mark Tobey, too, left his stamp on the painting of our time with his intriguing canvases filled with networks of line
derived from Oriental calligraphy.  With these, he was able to capture the "spirit of the modern world", effectively
generating feelings of life and movement.

In this session of
GalleryTime, we explore how these two artists, in their individual and innovative ways, worked with
line.
Composition with Color Areas                                          Broadway 1936