Beauty Imitates Art: Piet Mondrian Nails

These geometric nail designs inspired by the Dutch painter look really, really cool.
Publish date:
August 25, 2011
art, beauty, nail polish, nails, beauty imitates art, de stijl, piet mondrian

De Stijl is more than just a White Stripes album. The art movement, founded in 1917, was all about the simple harmony of form and colour, using only black, white and the primary colours: red, yellow and blue. Its influence on modern design is still prevalent, and despite coming into the public eye in the early 20th century, there's something very 60s, mod and futuristic about it.

Piet Mondrian is one of the bigger contributors t0 the movement, and he was known for his pieces featuring stark black lines and large fields of the aforementioned primary colours. Is this boring? I hope it's not boring. I just really like art history, ok!

The Inspiration

1. Piet Mondrian, Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red, 1937-42

2. Piet Mondrian, Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930

3.Yves Saint Laurent's Mondrian-inspired shift dress, c. 1965. See, it came back and was totally mod-looking and fit in with the 60s aesthetic perfectly. Great art always stays relevant!

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Anyway, last year I tried doing Piet Mondrian nails for the first time. One thing you need to know is that this takes PATIENCE. This is best done when you have an afternoon to yourself or you can't fall asleep. It will help pass the time wonderfully.

Another thing you should know is to let the first hand you paint dry COMPLETELY before starting the other one. Otherwise you are going to end up with smushed nails that look like more like a technicolour Pollock painting (har har, art jokes).

So, now that that's out of the way, let's get started.

What you'll need:

  • - A fine tipped paintbrush
  • - A capful of nail polish remover to clean the brush in between shades
  • - Opaque white and black nail polish
  • - Red, bright blue and yellow nail polish
  • - Tiiiiiiime

How To Git'r Done

I would say, "Boom! Easy!," but truthfully this is going to require a lot of practice and patience. But I think the payoff is really awesome, so if you're feeling creative, go for it!

And lastly, I'm including a picture of Mondrian's painting Broadway Boogie Woogie, just because I like the name. You can see it at the Museum of Modern Art in New York!