RKD launches online catalogue raisonné with 30 ‘new’ Mondrians

On the birthday of Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History is launching a digital catalogue raisonné of all 1473 known works by the Dutch master which includes 30 new attributions. This online publication makes the complete work of Mondrian accessible to a wide audience for the first time.

Following the publication of the standard work Piet Mondrian: catalogue raisonné by Robert Welsh (1932-2000) and Joop Joosten (1926-2017) in 1998 research into the work of Mondrian has gained momentum. The digital successor,, presents 30 works that have recently been attributed to Mondrian including abstract paintings whose existence was previously only presumed as well as several naturalistic works by the master that were unknown or had gone missing, for example the painting of the Oostzijdse Mill along the River Gein by Moonlight (c. 1903), which was acquired by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in 2005.

Oostzijdse mill along the river Gein by moonlight, c. 1903 (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
Oostzijdse mill along the river Gein by moonlight, c. 1903 (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

The digital catalogue of the work of Piet Mondrian contains a wealth of new information about exhibitions, auctions, provenance as well as literature, and is constantly being further updated. More than three quarters of the works are illustrated in colour. The catalogue can be searched by date, subject, technique or format.

On 7 March it will be 146 years since Mondrian was born in Amersfoort. He is regarded as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, who played a key role in the movement of figurative art towards abstract art in Europe and the United States

The Mondrian Papers

The need for a digital catalogue raisonné of the work of Mondrian arose from The Mondrian Papers project, which runs over a number of years and is a collaboration between the RKD and the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (KNAW). Its aim is the online publication of the complete correspondence and theoretical writings of Mondrian. Part I of this publication is due to appear in 2019. You can follow the progress of the project here:

The Piet Mondrian: Digital catalogue raisonné will be published in the RKDStudies series.

With 300 works Gemeentemuseum The Hague owns the largest Mondrian collection. Therefore the museum is an important partner in this research.

Piet Mondrian in RKDimages

Piet Mondriaan
Amstel: Café 't Vissertje I , 1907
New York City, The Museum of Modern Art, inv./ 388-84
Piet Mondriaan
Head of a girl , ca. 1896?
Christie's (Amsterdam) 2015-06-09, nr. 38
Piet Mondriaan
Polder bij avond
Amsterdam, private collection Johannes Fredericus Samuel Esser
Piet Mondriaan
Shaded irrigation ditch , ca. 1901-1902
Private collection
Piet Mondriaan
Young woman resting , ca. 1898-1900
Sotheby's (Amsterdam) 2006-05-23, nr. 22
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