The year 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the cataclysmic war that engulfed Europe, swept away monarchies, and upended the old order. In the years after 1918, many artists developed radical aesthetic programs that spoke to the utopian desire for a new society, for a new humanity. Piet Mondrian’s absolute non-objectivity, Fernand Léger’s machine-age cubism, and Vassily Kandinsky’s lyrical abstraction were three responses, exemplified in three powerful paintings on loan from the distinguished collection of Carolina alumnus Julian H. Robertson, Jr.
Piet Mondrian, Dutch, 1872-1944: Composition with Black, Red, Grey, Yellow, and Blue, c. 1920; gouache with traces of pencil on paper laid down on card. Lent by Julian H. Robertson, Jr. (B.A. ’55), L2017.29.1.