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Piet Mondrian

Composition No. II

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Property of a Distinguished European Collector

Piet Mondrian

1872 - 1944

Composition No. II

signed with the initials P M and dated 30 (lower left); signed P Mondrian, titled Composition en rouge, bleu et jaune and inscribed Haut and II (on the stretcher)

oil on canvas in artist's frame 

20 ⅛ by 20 ⅛ in. 51 by 51 cm. (canvas)

24 ¼ by 24 ¼ in. 61.5 by 61.6 cm. (including artist's frame)

Executed in 1930.




1872 - 1944年


款識:藝術家簽姓名縮寫 P M 並紀年30(左下);再次簽名 P Mondrian、書題目 Composition en rouge, bleu et jaune 並銘刻 Haut 及 II(內框)


20 ⅛ x 20 ⅛ 英寸;51 x 51 公分(畫布)

24 ¼ x 24 ¼ 英寸;61.5 x 61.6 公分(連藝術家自選框)

Otto Carlsund, Paris and Stockholm (on loan from the artist 1930-35)

The artist (until at least 1937)

Private Collection, Paris (acquired after 1937 and until circa 1949)

César Domela, Paris (acquired circa 1949)

Rose Fried Gallery, New York (acquired from the above)

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York (acquired in 1950)

Mr. and Mrs. Armand P. Bartos, New York (acquired in 1950) 

Christie’s, London, 27 June 1983, lot 8 (consigned by the above)

Fukuoka City Bank, Fukuoka (acquired at the above sale and until at least 1995)

Acquavella Galleries, New York

Acquired from the above in 2004 by the present owner

Axel L. Romdahl, “Museernas uppgift,” Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, vol. XVIII, May 1949, p. 23, illustrated (titled Composition)

Michel Seuphor, Piet Mondrian, Life and Work, New York, 1957, no. 517, pl. 173, illustrated in color; classified catalogue no. 350, p. 387, illustrated (titled Composition avec rouge, bleu et jaune / Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow)

Sam Hunter, Mondrian, New York, 1958, pl. 11, illustrated in color (titled Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow

Michel Butor, “Le Carré et son habitant,” Nouvelle Revue Française, no. 97, January 1961, pp. 122, 123 and 126 

Carlo L. Ragghianti, Mondrian e l’arte dell XX secolo, Milan, 1962, illustrated in color p. 335 

Exh. Cat., Toronto, Art Gallery of Toronto; Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Hague, Gemeentemuseum, Piet Mondrian 1872-1944, 1966, p. 194

Alberto Busignani, Mondrian: The Life and Work of the Artist, New York, 1968, pl. 66-67, illustrated in color (titled Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow)

Frank Elgar, Mondrian, New York, 1968, no. 163, p. 173, illustrated in color (titled Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow)

H. H. Arnason, History of Modern Art, New York, 1968, pl. 182, illustrated in color 

H. W. Jansen, History of Art, New York, 1969, pl. 78, illustrated in color 

Hans L. C. Jaffé, Piet Mondrian, New York, 1970, p. 145, illustrated in color (titled Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow)

“Mondrian: Centennial of a Dutch Master,” Life, 19 November 1971, vol. 71, no. 21, p. 43, illustrated in color

Alfred Roth, Begegnungen mit Pionieren, Stuttgart, 1973, p. 157 

Maria Grazia Ottolenghi, L’Opera completa di Mondrian, Milan, 1974, no. 396, p. 112, illustrated (titled Composizione con rosso, giallo e blu)

Kent Tiedeman, “Mondrian: The Flowering Apple Tree, 1912,” The Counterpoint to Likeness. Essays on Imitation and Imagination in Western Painting, Davis, California, 1977, p. 53, illustrated (titled Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow)

Karl Lunde, Anuszkiewicz, New York, 1977, pl. 46, p. 70, illustrated (titled Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue)

Kermit Swiler Champa, “Piet Mondrian’s Painting Number II—Composition with Grey and Black," Arts Magazine, vol. 52, January 1978, illustrated p. 88

Oscar Reitersvärd, “Otto G. Carlsund och hans postkubistiska expo. Stockholmsutställningen 1930,” 1930/80. Architektur Form Konst, 1980, p. 55, illustrated in an installation photograph of the Paris, Galerie 23 exhibition Cercle et Carré in 1930

Kermit Swiler Champa, Mondrian Studies, Chicago and London, 1985, p. 110, illustrated

Exh. Cat., New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, Early Paintings, Watercolors & Drawings by Piet Mondrian, 1985, n.p., illustrated in an installation photo of the 1963 Sidney Janis Mondrian exhibition

Exh. Cat. The Hague, Gemeentesmuseum Den Haag, Mondrian in the Sidney Janis Family Collections, New York, 1988, p. 22, illustrated in an installation photo of the 1963 Sidney Janis Mondrian exhibition

Joop M. Joosten, Piet Mondrian: Catalogue Raisonné of the Work of 1911-1944, vol. II, New York, 1998, no. B219, p. 352, illustrated (titled Composition No. II / Composition I // Composition en rouge, bleu et jaune)

Marty Bax, Complete Mondrian, Aldershot and Burlington, 2001, p. 324, illustrated (titled Composition No. II/Composition I/Composition e rouge, bleu et jaune)

Exh. Cat. The Hague, Gemeentesmuseum Den Haag, Mondrian: in het Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, 2008, p. 245, illustrated in color

Exh. Cat., Paris, Centre Pompidou, Mondrian/De Stijl, 2010-11, illustrated in an installation photograph of the Paris, Galerie 23 exhibition Cercle et Carré in 1930

Exh. Cat. The Hague, Gemeentesmuseum Den Haag, Alexander Calder—De grote ontdekking, 2012, pp. 54 and 130, illustrated in color (titled Composition No. II / Composition I // Composition en rouge, bleu et jaune)

Andrea Kollnitz, "Universal Language on National Ground—Otto G. Carlsund and Art Concret at the Stockholm Exhibition 1930," Avant-Garde Critical Studies, vol. 36, January 2019, p. 311, illustrated in an installation photograph 

Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), eds., Piet Mondrian: Catalogue Raisonné, no. B219