Jetée et Océan

In 1914, Piet Mondrian’s work focused on contrasting elements and the combination of geometrical notations (signs notionally representing the sea) and motifs (Jetée et Océan, 1915; Composition, 1916).

In 1915, Mondrian conducted various experiments but produced hardly any work except for the black and white Composition 10. Its subject is the ocean with a pier and it is made up of short intersecting vertical and horizontal straight lines forming crosses on a grey background and contained within an oval. This picture is the synthesis of his year’s work.