Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow
It is well-known work of art, Mondrian contributes to the abstract visual language in a large way despite using a relatively small canvas. Thick, black brushwork defines the borders of the different geometric figures.
Comparably, the black brushwork on the canvas is minimal but it is masterfully applied to become one of the defining features of the work.
59.5×59.5 cm (23.4×23.4 in)
Tableau no. 1 clearly shows the influence of analytical cubism. In this, an object or figure is dissected, broken into fragments and converted into a complex structure. The composition is built up from the middle and the shapes become blurred towards the edges. Tableau no. 1 has an underdrawing of a tree, but this motif is barely recognizable.
Mondriaan dissects his subject into countless segments. This creates a lively structure of horizontal and vertical, straight and slightly curved lines and grey and ochre surfaces. In this painting and in other works from the same year, Mondriaan takes his first steps towards ‘the unchanging pure reality behind the changeable forms of nature’.