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This Day in the Arts: March 7

1872:

Dutch painter Piet Mondrian was born March 7, 1872, in The Netherlands.

Mondrian attended the Academy for Fine Art in Amsterdam and enjoyed a career as a teacher and an artist.

Part of the De Stijl art movement, Mondrian's influences included the Hague School, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Bart van der Leck, and Theo van Doesburg.

His best-known work relies heavily on primary colors in geometric arrangements, and he is widely considered one of the founders of modern art.

For more information on the artist and his work, visit the Mondrian web page on the Museum of Modern Art's website.

2006:

Ali Farka Touré, a world-renowned guitarist and singer from Mali in western Africa, dies in the capital city of Bamaka.


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