Dutch, 1872 –1944. Piet Mondrian is best recognized for his iconic series of grid paintings, Composition, composed of black lines, white grounds and primary colors of red, blue and yellow. By using only straight lines, rectangles and blocks of primary colors, Piet Mondrian devised a unique visual vocabulary that propagated his ideologies of balance and harmony in life and art. He collaborated with fellow artist, Theo Van Doesburg to form the De Stijl movement, where art distanced itself from references to any object or form. His style played a major influence in the formation of the Bauhaus practices and the establishment of the International Style.