Piet Mondrian: Into abstraction

Art historians Kermit Swiler Champa and Nancy J. Troy explain Piet Mondrian's philosophy, his transition from realism into abstraction, and his creation of the style of painting called Neoplasticism.

On Abstraction

The first modern artists who abandoned realism for abstraction made a dramatic break that rocked the art world. Today, artists still must make a conscious choice to make work about the visible world, or about something beyond it.