• Direction

    François Lévy-Kuentz
  • Author

    Stéphan Lévy-Kuentz et François Lévy-Kuentz
  • Coproduction

    with the participation of France Télévisions and the CNC
  • Broadcaster

    France 5 & ARTE France


The work of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) marked a turning point in the history of modern painting.
Initially influenced by Cubism, Mondrian invented an original universal language of geometric shapes and primary colours in the early 1920s. Along with Kandinsky and Malevitch, he was one of the pioneers of pure abstraction, an innovative trend that strongly influenced 20th century art.
Filmed in the exact replica of his studio at 26 rue du Départ in Paris, this docu-fiction brings Mondrian back to life. It portrays the man who was passionate about dance and jazz and retraces his artistic path, from his first realist works to his mystical years, from the Stijl movement to his departure for New York, where he died in 1944.
This captivating film retraces the intellectual and human process that led Mondrian to geometric abstraction, the highly characteristic style that made him one of the major figures of the international artistic avant-guarde.

  • Available versions

    Français, anglais, néerlandais
  • Format

  • Support location

    Beta Num
  • Distributor

    ARTE Distribution
  • Technical team

    Camera : René Heijnen NSC
  • Cast

    Bob Kauffmann (Piet Mondrian)
  • International sales

    ARTE Distribution
  • DVD Distributor

    ARTE Distribution
  • Festival

    Selected at FIFA Montreal 2011
    Selected at the festival Temps d'images - Prémio de Cinema para filmes sobre arte de Lisbonne - 2011