Piet Mondrian's Neo-Plastic artworks (1917-1944) through the lens of Zen Buddhism

Fallahzadeh, Ali and Gamache, Geneviève (2017) Piet Mondrian's Neo-Plastic artworks (1917-1944) through the lens of Zen Buddhism. Tirai Panggung, 13. pp. 17-41. ISSN 0128-5998

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Abstract

This paper firstly proposes a paralleled visual analysis of Piet Mondrian’s (1872-1944) selected Neo-Plastic artworks with his essays pertinent to the role of “pure intuition” in Neo-Plasticism doctrine.The result of this chronological visual-textual analysis is further reinterpreted through the metaphysical lens of Zen discourse in the 20th century chiefly discussed by scholars like Nishida Kitaro regarding to the Zen notions eternal now, mojou (impermanence), mu (nothingness), and śūnyatā (ultimate truth/emptiness). Ultimately this paper will illuminate the degree of kinship between the steady development of Mondrian’s artistic thought in three phases of his artistic career, written in conjunction with the creation of his Neo-Plastic art, and central premises of Zen Buddhism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Piet Mondrian; pure intuition; Neo-Plastic art; Zen Buddhism
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 00:56
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 00:56
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/23437

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