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Broadway Boogie-woogie

Painting, 1943, 127×127 cm

Description of the artwork «Broadway Boogie-woogie»

"Broadway Boogie-woogie" one of the most iconic paintings of Mondrian's new York period. After arriving in the cultural capital of the USA artist is almost totally abandons the black, focusing on three main colors – blue, red and yellow. In the same period, inspired by the tumultuous life of new York, Mondrian again begins to give his paintings names, not the names. The first cloth was "New York 1" (1942), followed by "Broadway Boogie-woogie".

Here Mondrian was first drawn to the subject of music. Of course, he did many artists gave their paintings titles of musical works (1, 2, 3). But Mondrian was one of the first who drew his attention to modern rhythms. A passionate lover of music and dance, he had always preferred the tango and two-step waltzes. In the late 20-ies, he called two of his works "Foxtrot And"and "Foxtrot"in honor of American dance, made a lot of noise in Europe. Jazz and Boogie-woogie had a strong influence on the work of Mondrian. It ripped syntopically rhythm, who admired the artist, he sought to portray in his paintings. To this subject he appealed once more – in his latest work "Victory Boogie woogie"(1944).

But not only the rhythm of the music, the artist tried to convey through painting. If we consider the "Broadway Boogie woogie", you can quite clearly see the streets of a big city, living their lives. The traffic on them does not stop for a second, only illuminated at night with colored lights. Short lines and elements of pure bright colors, reminiscent of the design of LEGO blocks, perfectly create the illusion of constant motion. Necessarily the impression that one has only to take from the picture look at a couple of seconds and the next time the puzzle pieces will change their position.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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Art form: Painting

Style of art: Abstractionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1943

Size: 127×127 cm

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