COMPOSITION IN BLUE
by Piet Mondrian (1872-1944),
Quilt Notes: Nancy Cabot's 1935 Chicago Tribune article on CUBE LATTICE was headlined, "Old Quilt Block Is Astonishingly Modern in Design." By "modern," she is referring to the minimalism and abstraction of modern art in her time, that is, in the 1920's and 30's, and for instance the work of Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, or especially the lattice squares and simple, primary colors of Piet Mondrian (illustrated left). In fact this dancing "boogie-woogie" CUBE LATTICE quilt block still seems modern today.
CUBE LATTICE is illustrated in Maggie Malone's 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS, without the lighter colors for the interior squares (#1798), and in Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA (#4026), traced back to the Ladies Art Company Catalogue, #412, published in 1901. Other names for the pattern include CUBES AND TILE, also IDLE MOMENTS, illustrated separately by Cabot (1937). |
Compare with the Mondrian look alike, ON THE SQUARE. For more designs at this site borrowing color schemes from famous artists, see STAR LANE.
Related geometric patterns include: