Piet Mondrian Realism attempts to capture “real life” as accurately as possible. Abstraction simply means breaking shapes down into simpler shapes.
The Dutch painter produced an extensive series of tree paintings over a period of five years between 1908 and 1913.
He reduced the information he chose to represent by selecting details to better reflect
the experience of perceiving
rather than evenly capturing the details without ‘editing’
Selected only the major boughs
Left out the thinner branches and twigs.
He still managed to paint a tree, with a clear tree shape, yet he was now closer to ‘essence of tree’ than ‘diagram of tree’.
Piet Mondrian Study of Trees