Composition and Color
Piet Mondrain, Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow
Mondrain believed in pure "plastic" art (where plastic refers to the formal values of art...the elements of design). He believed that the expression of pure plastics expressed universal reality and that art had polar coexistent goals. By this point in time he had limited his work to express the formal values (three primary colors: red, yellow and blue, three primary values: black, white and grey, and two primary directions: vertical and horizontal). These formal elements were what he used to create harmonious compositions which he used to symbolize/reflect the underlying duality of the universe.