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How Mondrian Has Been Influencing Pop Culture for 100 years


Roy Lichtenstein is not only famous for his original prints, but also for his adaptations of other well-known artworks. In 1964, he created a pop-art version of Mondrian’s colour composition by replacing the grey areas with his characteristic Ben Day dots. This approach takes the idea of the painting even further by abstracting Mondrian’s rectangles into discs of colour. There are many other painters who have found inspiration in Mondrian, one of them being Misha Milovanovich. The Serbian artist has explored many different mediums and themes to deliver insights into the human distortions of desire through the lens of pop culture. She has used Mondrian's imagery for her prints as well as her paintings. However, the biggest recreation of a Mondrian painting to date emerged a few months ago. As part of the yearlong celebrations in The Hague, the City Council recreated a tall replica of one of the painter’s compositions, made out of thin stick-on plastic sheets.

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