Broadway Boogie Woogie

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Broadway Boogie Woogie
Piet Mondrian, 1942 - Broadway Boogie Woogie.jpg
ArtistPiet Mondrian
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions127 cm × 127 cm (50 in × 50 in)
LocationMuseum of Modern Art, New York

Broadway Boogie Woogie is a painting by Piet Mondrian completed in 1943, after he had moved to New York in 1940. Compared to his earlier work, the canvas is divided into many more squares. Although he spent most of his career creating abstract work, this painting is inspired by clear real-world examples: the city grid of Manhattan, and boogie-woogie, an African-American Blues music Mondrian loved.[1] The painting was bought by the Brazilian sculptor Maria Martins for the price of $800 at the Valentine Gallery in New York City, after Martins and Mondrian both exhibited there in 1943.[2] Martins later donated the painting to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.[1]


When Piet Mondrian fled to New York he was fond of the neat, rigid architecture. He integrated the mood and tone of jazz into this work. Mondrian called it the “destruction of natural appearance; and construction through continuous opposition of pure means—dynamic rhythm.”[3]


  1. ^ a b "Piet Mondrian. Broadway Boogie Woogie. 1942-43 - MoMA".
  2. ^ Smith, Roberta (10 April 1998). "Art in Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Piet Mondrian". Moma. Archived from the original on 2015-08-04.

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