Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944)
Piet Mondrian decided on a career as an artist early on and visits the art academy in Amsterdam. After staying in Spain and France, he returns to the Netherlands during World War I but he returns to live in France from 1919.
He remains a member of the artists' group "De Stijl" which he co-founded in 1917 until 1925. Mondrian moves to London in 1938 to escape the changing political landscape and it is from there that he goes into exile in New York where he dies in 1944.