Card no 101 – Hendrina (CarpeDiem55) – A village near Rotterdam and The Hague, The Netherlands (PC49)

This picture by Mondrian (1872-1944) is called “Composition L with red, yellow and blue” and was painted in 1921.  Piet Mondrian was born Pieter Mondriaan but between his 1905 painting, The River Amstel, and his 1907 Amaryllis, he changed the spelling of his signature from Mondriaan to Mondrian.  Born at Amersfoort in The Netherlands he lived much of his life in France. He was an important contributor to the De Stijl (The Style) art movement and group, which was founded by Theo van Doesburg. He evolved a non-representational form which he termed Neo-Plasticism. This consisted of white ground, upon which was painted a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors.  Immersed in the crucible of artistic innovation that was post-war Paris, he flourished in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom that enabled him to embrace an art of pure abstraction for the rest of his life. Mondrian began producing grid-based paintings in late 1919, and in 1920, the style for which he came to be renowned began to appear. (Wikipedia)

A most appropriate stamp for this card – a Mondrian no le gusta el verde is Spanish for ‘Mondrian does not like green’.  (It is in Spanish to celebrate Expo 92 which was held in Seville.)

I mentioned the story of this stamp here but this is a clearer picture of it with less franking.

This card arrived on 20th June, travelled 313  miles and took 6 days.

( + amendment for failuire to post 97 in correct order – 183 miles)

Total so far – 283,777 miles; 23 countries (including 9 US States).


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