Мondrian’s “Тransdance”: Тransposition of Music and Dance Movements into Painting
Keywords: Piet Mondrian, Fox Trot A, Fox Trot B, the Foxtrot, jazz music, rhythm and movement, colour and harmony
Besides painting, Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) was a devotee of the modern dances that appeared in the 1920s, such as the Foxtrot and the Charleston. Because of the rhythms of jazz he passionately danced to in the dance halls and in his studio, he
became known as ‘The Dancing Madonna’. Paintings such as Fox Trot A (1930) and Fox Trot B (1929) could be interpreted as a kind of homage to dance – to the Foxtrot, and then, implicitly, to jazz music as well, which allows the observer to associatively imagine the possible transpositions of the basic elements of dance, and thus of jazz into a painting.