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. Influenced by the French neo-impressionism and the fauvism, in 1908 he made remarkably colourful, almost aggressive paintings like Molen bij Zonlicht. Although the work is still figurative, it is becoming more and more angular. This work instantly made him famous in 1909, where he became the symbol of the avant-garde.
Molen bij zonlicht | Piet Mondriaan
The floor pattern based on Molen bij zonlicht is projected on the 7th floor of Helicon. This is a floor of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, 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.