A computer programmed Mondrian

A professor from the Eindhoven University of Technology has created a computer program which crafts Mondrians, earning a video of his work a place alongside many of the originals in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.

Art & Technology

Professor Leo Feijs has proven that abstract art and technology really can go hand-in-hand by developing a computer program which creates versions of Mondrian's Victory Boogie Woogie.

His program allows for the input of unique parameters, enabling the user to create his or her very own version of Mondrian's famous work and watch it unfold real-time, before their very own eyes.

Programming Abstract Art

Before he returned to work at the university, the professor worked for Philips but spent much of his free time attempting to "program" abstract works of art.

He says that, "If you can encompass an abstract work in a computer code, you have learned something about the essence of the work of art. You could regard the code as the DNA of the painting."

Competition winner

When professor Feijs spotted a competition run by the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague he spotted the perfect opportunity to have his work assessed by experts in the field of abstract art.

Taking one of his better reproductions of the Victory Boogie Woogie to the judges with an explanation of his approach, he was met with great enthusiasm, and now a video explaining his work stands alongside the original Victory Boogie Woogie in the Gemeentemuseum.

Mark McDaid


Mark McDaid

Mark hails from the Emerald Isle but has been living in the land of cheese and deep-fried-indiscriminate-meat since February 2009. He can often be found trying to read through a...

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