Victory Boogie Woogie

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Victory Boogie Woogie
Piet Mondriaan Victory Boogie Woogie.jpg
ArtistPiet Mondrian
Year1942–1944
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 in 1944, since 1998 it has been in the collection of the Kunstmuseum in The Hague.[1] 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 purchased the work 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 by a Dutch museum. This amount of money spent on the gift raised questions in the Dutch House of Representatives, and also from other museums.[2][3]

In 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama was photographed with Victory Boogie Woogie, sometimes with Dutch politicians, an event which was widely reported by the Dutch and Flemish news media.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mondriaan, Victory Boogie Woogie. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, 2013. 16 May 2013. Archived here.
  2. ^ Troy, Nancy J. (2013). The afterlife of Piet Mondrian, chapter 1 - Mondrian and Money: Victory Boogie Woogie. University of Chicago Press.
  3. ^ "Mondrian gets his moment". Apollo Magazine. 2017-03-25. Retrieved 2022-05-06.
  4. ^ redactie (2014-03-25). "Obama ging ook schilderij Mondriaan bewonderen". De Morgen (in Dutch). Retrieved 2022-05-07.

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