Unknown Histories

Piet Mondrian’s original Broadway Boogie Woogie was lost immediately after he painted it. As a modern artist, he was struggling to make ends meet and, in a bid to make a bit of cash, he took the piece and painted over it. It was covered over by a the eminently more popular “Dogs Playing Poker”, a visual ode to Cassius Coolidge, though Mondrian’s dogs were melting in a Dali-esque manner, and the poker cards were hunks of rotting flesh such as would make Bacon proud. The painting had to be x-rayed in order to reconstruct the original on a new canvass. Mondrian was commissioned for that reconstruction, which he completed in his last days, and it now resides at the MoMA in New York.

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