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Broadway Boogie Woogie is a painting by Piet Mondrian completed in 1943, shortly after he moved to New York in 1940. Compared to his earlier work, the canvas is divided into a much larger number of squares. Although he spent most of his career creating abstract work, this painting is inspired by clear real-world examples: the city grid of Manhattan, and the Broadway boogie woogie, a type of music Mondrian loved.[1] The painting was bought by the Brazilian sculptor Maria Martins for the price of $800 at the Valentine Gallery in New York City, after Martins and Mondrian both exhibited there in 1943.[2] Martins later donated the painting to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.[1]

Broadway Boogie Woogie
Piet Mondrian, 1942 - Broadway Boogie Woogie.jpg
Artist Piet Mondrian
Year 1942–43
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 127 cm × 127 cm (50 in × 50 in)
Location Museum of Modern Art, New York


  1. ^ a b "Piet Mondrian. Broadway Boogie Woogie. 1942-43 - MoMA". 
  2. ^ Smith, Roberta (10 April 1998). "Art in Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 

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