Piet Mondrian was born on the 7th of March 1972 in Holland. At 20, he studied painting at the Fine Arts Academy of Amsterdam. From his beginnings, he showed a major interest in linear structure and strict opposition between horizontal and vertical lines. Attracted by new artistic trends, like cubism, he moved to Paris in 1912 and discovered the work of Cézanne, Braque and Picasso. His lines would become only verticals and horizontals; the colors would only be red, yellow and blue in squares or rectangles. After the First World War, he abandoned this and turned to neo-plasticism. With the Second World War approaching, he went to London then settled in New York. During the last two years of his life, freed from his obsessions that had been pushing him to multiply black lines, he suppressed the color black from his paintings.