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Piet Mondrian papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1102
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the writings and personal papers of Piet Mondrian, in addition to writings about him and the De Stijl movement. Most of Mondrian's writings were arranged and annotated by Harry Holtzman and Martin S. James for their volume The New Art, the New Life: the Complete Writings of Piet Mondrian (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1986). Some of the writings also were annotated by Mondrian's colleagues Michel Seuphor and Georges Vantongerloo. Personal papers include items such as Mondrian's birth certifications and passport, leases for his studios in Paris and New York, his United States war ration books, and his will. Also present are a few autograph and typed letters, signed, from friends and colleagues in the arts, and an undated drawing by Mondrian. Along with the papers are publications by others that were owned by Mondrian, some with his autograph annotations, and issues of the journal De Stijl.

Language of Materials

In English, Dutch, German, and French.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Piet Mondrian Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Harry Holtzman, 1983-1985.


Organized into two series: I. Writings, 1917-1945. II. Personal Papers, 1881-1944.

Associated Materials

Harry Holtzman Papers (GEN MSS 819).

2.54 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Related Names
Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944
Steiner, Rudolf, 1861-1925
Doesburg, Theo van, 1883-1931
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Dutch; Flemish
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