The painter was an idealist whose ideas were doomed to fail—But his art remains as powerful as everby Sebastian Smee / June 19, 2014 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2014 issue of Prospect Magazine
When we look at a painting by Mondrian, we must push to the backs of our minds all the ways in which Mondrian’s own dream was subsequently corrupted, trivialised, or re-packaged as kitsch
You’re swimming in a placid sea. You stop to look around, treading water, letting your mind absorb the feeling of immersion. For a moment, the sky and shoreline disappear. You lose consciousness of your body. Instead, you’re hypnotised by the ever-shifting undulation of the water all around. Sunlight spreading in every direction brings news of each inversion, but at a rate the brain is too slow to register. Pooling pinpricks of light multiply into something infinite, something universal. Reality has been involuntarily abstracted. Digitised.