Mondriaan drawing on display for first time

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The largest drawing ever made by Piet Mondriaan has been put on public display for the first time ever. The work, 1906, which measures 140 by 95 centimetres, has been given a prominent place in The Hague's The drawing had languished for nearly forty years in the museum's storage facility. It was recently restored to be shown as the highpoint of the exhibition "Cool modern, realism in the Netherlands 1907-1944".

Mondriaan 1872-1944, who spent of much of his life in Paris and died in New York, is better known for his abstract canvases with rectangles in more or less primary colours rhythmically scattered across a grid of thick black lines.

The drawing was bequeathed to the museum by the Jewish art collector Salomon Slijper on his death in 1971. A good friend of Mondriaan's, Slijper gave the Municipal Museum in The Hague some 200 paintings and drawings of the painter.


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