Art isn’t about what you see. What did I know…?
The difficulty with abstract expressionism like that of Barnett Newman is that it doesn’t represent something (immediately) recognizable. That doesn’t necessary mean there is nothing to relate to though.
Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan, or Mondrian (in this more English/French friendly spelling an anagram of ‘I paint modern’) is by far one of my all time favourite artists. Here are some of his key works that are perhaps lesser known. Most of these can be seen in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.
Came across this Haarlem artist in the local Haarlems Dagblad.
What struck me was some similar themes as my uncle Joop Polder from The Hague, namely; cityscapes avoid of people, dunes, and especially trams.