The Gifted Art Foundation presents mondriaanroute.nl a website that takes you into the life of the world famous artist. There are six free walking routes and one cycling route.
In every place Mondriaan (1872 – 1944) is told through the most striking locations, such as the studios where he worked, the academy where he was taught, the cafe where he liked to go, the windmills he painted, the gallery who showed his work or the museum he liked to visit.
This way you will not only learn more about his personal life, but also about the influence of his removals on his work: from the inspiring light of Domburg in Zeeland to the bustling dynamics of New York.
The walking and cycling routes:
Early years – walk in Winterswijk
Discover Mondrian’s first steps on the path of an artist. In Winterswijk he learned the tricks of the trade at an early age. Visit his old house (the current Villa Mondriaan), walk past the church and through the streets he painted and drew.
The promising city – walk in Amsterdam
Mondriaan was educated at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam and established himself as a painter of landscapes. Stroll past the academy, some of the buildings he lived in and locations he painted.
Along the River – bike ride along the Gein
Mondriaan liked to leave the city: he discovered the rural area around Amsterdam on foot or by bicycle. Cycle along the idyllic river Gein and see the mills and farms that moved Mondriaan to take new steps in his work.
By the sea – walk through Domburg
Mondriaan visited Domburg a few summers. The walk takes you through the village, past the mill, the church, the dunes and the sea that he painted and the places where he stayed.
Living in the Metropolis – walking tour through Paris
In Paris Mondrian abandoned his naturalistic approach and became influenced by the Cubists. He eventually arrived at his classic neoplastic style. The walk takes you through the Montparnasse district where Mondrian lived.
The road to abstraction – walk through Laren and Blaricum
Mondrian spent the First World War in Laren and Blaricum. These turned out to be crucial years for his development into abstraction. Walk past his residences, studios and the famous Hotel Hamdorff where he sometimes dared a dance.
BoogieWoogie – New York Walk
Stroll through Manhattan and feel the vibrant energy that moved Mondrian, now in his late sixties, to take new steps in his work. The walk takes you back to cultural New York in the 1940s.
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