Piet Mondrian in his studio

Mondrian: Dutch Landscape Painter

In the first of a four-part lecture series, art historian and curator John Walsh discusses the career of the pioneer abstractionist Piet Mondrian (1892–1944). Mondrian began as a painter of Dutch scenes appealing to conventional tastes, realistic in style and sometimes moody, eventually intending to serve a spiritual purpose.


John Walsh, an independent art historian, was Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum from 1983 until 2000. After graduating from Yale and getting his PhD from Columbia, he worked as a curator at the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and taught art history at Columbia and Harvard. Since he left the Getty he has been teaching part-time at Yale and giving public lectures there. Last fall he gave a three-lecture series at the Hammer on Vincent van Gogh.


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