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And then there was Mondrian (March 7, 1872 - 1944) - who went from being a quasi-Victorian figure to being a complete De Stijl Modernist when he utterly gave up on representation as a principle in art. Instead he evolved a non-representational form which he termed Neo-Plasticism, consisting of a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the use of the three primary colours… Above: Tableau, 1921

Ben Nicholson OM ‘abstract’, 1934 woodcut © Angela Verren Taunt 2014. All rights reserved, DACS