Pieter Cornelis “Piet” Mondriaan, after 1906 Mondrian, ( March 7, 1872 – February 1, 1944), was a Dutch painter and is most famous for being a contributor to the De Stijl art movement and group. His paintings developed gradually from naturalistic in his early years to a very abstract style in his later years.
In the period 1872 – 1911 Mondriaan lived in the Netherlands. Around 1907 he stayed several times with his friend and painter Albert G. Hulshoff Pol in Hengelo. De rode boom (1908-1910) is one of the works that came from those visits. Most of his work from this period is naturalistic or Impressionistic, consisting largely of landscapes. In De rode boom are already some signs of a more abstract style.
De rode boom | Piet Mondriaan
The floor pattern based on De rode boom is projected on the 8th floor of Castalia. This is a floor of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, so the painting used here reflects on these themes. This office floor holds open and closed working places, meeting rooms and a lounge for informal meeting.