Mondrian Diamond Paintings


Mondrian Diamond Compositions, by E A Carmean Jr, was published to coincide with an exhibition of the works at the National Gallery of Art, Washington in 1991. The book is an excellent read for any Mondrian enthusiast, as it not only decribes the diamonds in detail, but relates their development to Mondrian's work in general (he argues that many of Mondrian's stylistic innovations are first found in the diamonds) and also deals with his painting techniques.

On this page I intend, initially, just to show all the Diamonds: I may add further detail in due course.

In addition to the Seuphor, Ottolenghi and Blok reference numbers, I have included the Carmean references as Di#.

B97 Composition with Grid 3: Lozenge Composition, 1918
Oil on canvas, diagonal 121cm, sides 84.5x84.5 cm
Haags Gemeentemuseum, gift of A.P. van den Briel
S438, O305, B266, Di1
B98 Composition with Grid 4: Lozenge Composition, 1918
Oil on canvas, diagonal 85cm, sides 60x60cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, from The Louise and Walter C. Arensberg Collection
S445, O308, B-, Di2

This has become brown because of ageing effects on bare canvas.
B99 Composition with Grid 5: Lozenge Composition with Colours, 1919
Oil on canvas, diagonal 84.5cm, sides 60x60cm
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
S446, O309, B267, Di3
B100 Composition with Grid 6: Lozenge Composition with Colours, 1919
Oil on canvas, diagonal 68.5/69cm, sides 49x49cm
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo
S447, O310, B268, Di4
B127 Lozenge Composition with Yellow, Black, Blue, Red and Grey, 1921
Oil on canvas, diagonal 84.5cm, sides 60.1x60.1cm
The Art Institute, Chicago
S465, O336, B-, Di5

Carmean provides an interesting extrapolation of B127 to a rectangular format. It will be worth reworking this in colour. That's now done: I might be inclined to tinker with the black lines at the top as the original implies something less regimented.
B127 B127 squared B127 squared and coloured
B151 Lozenge Composition, 1924
Once regarded as one of the two lost diamonds, Carmean identifies B151 as an early state of B156.

The first image is the earliest state from Jarbuch der Jungen Kunst, 1924. The second, middle state, is from Elgar. S478, O358, B-, Di6bis
B151 B151
B152 Lozenge Composition with Red, Black, Blue and Yellow, 1925
Oil on canvas, diagonal 109cm, sides 77x77cm
Private collection
S481, O360, B-, Di7
B156 (and B151) Lozenge Composition, 1924
Tableau No.IV Losangique Pyramidal, 1925, with Red, Blue, Yellow and Black, 1924/25
(second state)
Oil on canvas, diagonals 142.8 x 142.5 cm, sides 100.5x100.5cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., gift of Herbert and Nannette Rothschild
S485, O359, B-, Di6
B165 Tableau No.I: Lozenge with Three Lines and Blue, Grey and Yellow, 1925
Oil on canvas, diagonal 112cm, sides 80x80cm
Kunsthaus, Zürich, gift of the Vereinigung Zürcher Kunstfreunde
S482, O357, B-, Di8
B169 Komposition I: Lozenge with Three Lines, 1926
Oil on canvas, diagonal 112cm, sides 80x80 cm
Whereabouts unknown
S-, O-, B-, Di9bis

This is Carmean's second lost diamond, and he suggests that it an early state of B173.
B173 Schilderij No.1: Lozenge with Two Lines and Blue, 1926
Oil on canvas, diagonala 85cm, sides 60x60cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, from the A.E. Gallatin Collection
S487, O365, B-, Di9
B176 Tableau No.1: Lozenge with Four Lines and Grey, 1926
Oil on canvas, diagonals 113.7x111.8cm, sides 80x80.4cm
MoMA, New York, Katherine S. Dreier bequest
S486, O364, B-, Di10
B211 Composition No.IV
Fox-Trot A Lozenge with Three Lines, 1929

Oil on canvas, diagonal 110cm, sides 78.2x78.2 cm
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, gift of Katherine S. Dreier and Marcel Duchamp, Trustees of the Collection of the Société Anonyme
S502, O393, B-, Di11
B218 Composition No.1: Lozenge with Four Lines, 1930
Oil on canvas, diagonal 107 cm, sides 75.2x75.2 cm
Guggenheim Museum, New York, from the Estate of Hilla Rebay
S523, O401, B-, Di12
B229 Lozenge, Composition with Two Lines, 1931
Oil on canvas, diagonal 112 cm, sides 80x80 cm
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
S526, O405, B282, Di13
B241 Lozenge Composition with Four Yellow Lines, 1933
Oil on canvas, diagonal 112.9 cm, sides 80.2x79.9 cm
Haags Gemeentemuseum, gift of the artist's admirers, represented by Charlie Toorop.
S537, O410, B283, Di14

The photograph is of Mondrian in 1933 with B241 in his studio at rue du Départ, Paris. The picture below is the missing B242, probably burnt in transportation by car during World War II' (CR).
B241 PM with B241
B282 Lozenge Composition with Eight Lines and Red
Picture No. III, 1938

Oil on canvas, diagonal 140 cm, sides 100x100 cm
Beyeler Collection, Basel
S593, O465, B-, Di15

The photograph is of Mondrian, 1944, in his First Avenue, New York studio.
B282 PM with B282
B324 Victory Boogie Woogie (unfinished), 1944
Oil and paper on canvas, diagonal, 178.4 cm (sides 126x126cm)
Haags Gemeentemuseum, purchased for 80M guilders (€35M) in 1998 from Samuel Irving Newhouse.
S592, O472, B-

The second image is Charmion von Wiegan's sketch of B324 after the first day's work, 13th June, 1942. Image from the Centennial Exhibition catalogue.
B324 Weigand B324

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