The deceptively simple black lines and blocks of color in Piet Mondrian’s art pieces create a powerful impact. Through his Neoplastic style, Mondrian (1872 – 1944) radically simplified form and color to reveal the basic principles beneath the visible world. He first painted landscapes, before moving through various styles, including Cubism, to arrive at his signature gridwork style. Reducing his color scheme to primary hues, he used lines and angles that followed the canvas’ shape. Mondrian, who profoundly influenced 20th century art, also had great impact on graphic arts, industrial design and architecture.