Posted on December 21, 2015
Yellow, Red, Black, Blue, and Grey: Deconstructing Mondrian’s Colors
The work of several well known artists entered the public domain this year, including Edvard Munch, Glenn Miller, Ian Flemming, and Piet Mondrian. I’ve been thinking a lot about colors lately, having written last week about Apple’s new color palette, so I thought it would be fun to dive into Mondrian’s colors this week.
I think Mondrian’s work is often thought of as having cartoonishly vibrant colors, but when you look at his paintings now you’ll notice the blues and yellows are a little dull, while the white has a little yellow/grey in it. Whether this was due to 70 years of aging, limitations of paints in his time, or intentional choices made by the artist himself, I can’t be sure. I tried for my palette to represent how his paintings appear now and you can download it an .ACO file here.
To dive in a little deeper, I then took this palette and started building Mondrian inspired pieces as “trixel art” using Hexels Pro.
Then I finally made “Deconstructing Mondrian”, the piece that appears at the top of this post, using Photoshop’s animation and layering tools.