Mondrian’s Boogie Woogie Painting History – Discover Broadway Boogie Woogie

Mondrian’s Boogie Woogie is the last painting that contemporary, abstract artist Mondrian produced. From his earlier works, where he focused on large rectangular planes divided abstract lines he now produced a kind of zoomed out style, with smaller, more frequent rectangles, again using his typical “Golden Rectangle” proportions.
The phrase Broadway Boogie Woogie refers to his desire to make this painting a kind of city overhead depiction, with small rectangles to indicate key areas of excitement and entertainment. It is also believed that the yellow areas were inspired by New York’s Yellow taxi cabs.
It is quite a different feel to his previous works where far more simplistic, static atmospheres were sought. It also indicates a greater confidence and desire for pushing his innovative style as far as it could go. Mondrian had spent much on his early career trying to develop his own post impressionist style and follow on from the likes of Vincent Van Gogh, but eventually found a more comfortable method with his abstract style that developed over 20 years from simplicity to vibrancy.
Sadly, Piet Mondrian passed away just soon after the painting was completed, and it was to be his last. His follow-up piece, Victory Boogie Woogie (1942-44), which had been substantially altered by Mondrian shortly before his death by using small pieces of colored tape, was left uncompleted following his death.
The painting is now stored at the The Museum of Modern Art in New York City and has since become highly influential in the school of abstract geometric painting.