Victory Boogie Woogie

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Victory Boogie Woogie
ArtistPiet Mondrian
TypeOil and paper on canvas
Dimensions127 cm × 127 cm (50 in × 50 in)
LocationKunstmuseum, The Hague
OwnerState property of the Netherlands through the Stichting Nationaal Fonds Kunstbezit

Victory Boogie Woogie is the last, unfinished work of the Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian, left incomplete when Mondrian died in New York in 1944. He was still working on it three days before dying.[1] Since 1998 it has been in the collection of the Kunstmuseum, in The Hague.[2] It has been said that "Mondrian's life and his affection for music are mirrored in the painting [and that it is] a testimony of the influence which New York had on Mondrian."[3]

Purchase for Kunstmuseum, The Hague[edit]

It was purchased at a cost of 80 million Dutch guilders (approximately 35 million euros, US$40 million) from the American collector Samuel Irving Newhouse, who previously had bought it the from Emily and Burton Tremaine for US$12 million in the mid 1980s. It was bought in 1997 by the Stichting Nationaal Fonds Kunstbezit (National Art Foundation) through a gift from the Dutch Central Bank, commemorating the introduction of the euro, at the time the most expensive purchase ever for a Dutch museum. The amount of money raised questions in the Dutch House of Representatives, and also from other museums.[4][5]

In 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama was photographed with Victory Boogie Woogie, in the company of some Dutch politicians.[6]


  1. ^ Venema, P. (1998). "Victory Boogie Woogie". Bestuurskundige Berichten (in Dutch). 13 (4). hdl:1887/3234193.
  2. ^ "Piet Mondriaan [1872-1944] Victory Boogie Woogie". Kunstmuseum Den Haag. 2016-11-15. Retrieved 2022-10-23.
  3. ^ Stoye, Jürgen (2015). "Piet Mondrian's Victory Boogie Woogie, 1942-44". In Kolen, Jan; Renes, Johannes; Hermans, Rita (eds.). Landscape Biographies: Geographical, Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on the Production and Transmission of Landscapes. Amsterdam University Press. pp. 235–252. ISBN 978-90-8964-472-5. JSTOR j.ctt15r3x99.13. Retrieved 2024-04-11.
  4. ^ Troy, Nancy J. (2013). The afterlife of Piet Mondrian, chapter 1 - Mondrian and Money: Victory Boogie Woogie. University of Chicago Press.
  5. ^ "Mondrian gets his moment". Apollo Magazine. 2017-03-25. Retrieved 2022-05-06.
  6. ^ redactie (2014-03-25). "Obama ging ook schilderij Mondriaan bewonderen". De Morgen (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-05-07.

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