A little bit of Mondrian… [@dailyshoot #ds139]

A little bit of Mondrian… [@dailyshoot #ds139]
art of approaching
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I’ve brought a little bit of www.moma.org/ with me in form of napkins with Piet Mondrian’s "Trafalgar’s Square" (1939, gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. M. Burden) printed on them. Paul Corio has written a blog post of this painting: Paintings I like, part 42.

I like very much of what he writes of how to approach this piece of art: "…The scale is in keeping with a three-quarter-length portrait, and as such the picture demands a different sort of attention – it is more like meeting a person than peering into a small window or diorama or fish tank. The picture is still spatial to be sure, but the larger size encourages the viewer to look at the picture as opposed to into the picture. The scale also demands that it be hung relatively high, so it is impossible to apprehend it completely at eye level – you have to look up to see the top, which adds to its more commanding presence…"

Mondrian’s art – if approached with a swift review – may give a kind of plain, even simple appearance. A closer, more thorough dialogue challenges us into a more complex process of perception. Paul Corio writes that it’s like meeting a person. -"In order to overcome our prejudices, we must constantly strive to develop the habit of looking at ourselves from the point of view of others. Realizing that all people have both good points and bad, in the end the important thing is to strive to combat our own inner obstinacy and narrow-mindedness." (www.ikedaquotes.org)