This vertical oil painting is over three feet tall and one and a half feet wide, and features straight black lines and a few blocks of color on a white background. A long, thin, black line cuts down the center of the canvas, with three more black lines running off of it to our right, like rungs on a ladder. On the far left, near the edge of the canvas, is a similar ladder-like structure, only running off of it, to the left, are shorter, thicker, lines. Between the ladders, to the left of center, is an uninterrupted vertical corridor. The rungs on the two ladders line up with one another; however, the thick rung near the upper left is brick red, not black. There is a second brick red rung two-thirds of the way down the ladder on the left, but it has no corresponding rung on the right. This abstract work features two additional blocks of color; at the lower left hand corner, the vertical rectangular space created by the rail and rung of the ladder has been painted blue, and in the upper right, the equivalent horizontal rectangle has been painted yellow.
Piet Mondrian
Composition (no. III) blanc-jaune / Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue, 1935/1942

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Composition (no. III) blanc-jaune / Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue
Artist name
Piet Mondrian
Date created
oil on canvas
39 3/4 in. x 20 1/8 in. (101 cm x 51.12 cm)
Date Acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Purchase through a gift of Phyllis C. Wattis
Permanent URL
Artwork Status
Not on view at this time.

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