The Hague City Council (Gemeente Den Haag) commissioned a beautification programme for the city’s Electrical Substations.
I’ve been busy trying to photograph as many of them as I can.
Dutch artist Pieter Cornelis “Piet” Mondriaan was born in Amersfoort in 1872 was the son of an art teacher.
He qualified as a teacher and also studied fine art in Amsterdam.
He was initially influenced by Naturalism and Impressionism but it was the Cubist movement that was to change the style of his painting for ever.
Mondriaan moved to Paris as a young man, dropped an “a” from his surname and became known as “Mondrian”.
On a visit back to The (neutral) Netherlands in 1914, World War 1 broke out and he was unable to return to Paris until the war ended.
He returned to Paris after the war and evolved his definitive style of geometric black lines and coloured squares. Later after a short stint in London, he moved to New York (Manhattan) in 1940 to escape fascism and the outbreak of the second world war in Europe. He died in Manhattan in 1944.
This electrical substation pays homage to Mondrian’s work and certainly brightens up a Dutch street in a manner that Mondrian would have been delighted to see.