Speaking about Evolution (1911), Piet Mondrian wrote, “it’s not so bad, but I’m not there yet.” The three figures here represent the stages of evolution from the physical to the spiritual realm, as promoted in Theosophy. The triangular-shaped nipples and navels of the women, which point upwards and downwards, symbolize their spiritual and earthly orientation. The central figure embodies the fulfillment of the evolutionary process, to the spiritual realm. The flowers on the left panel are symbols of purity, while those on the right symbolize tragic suffering.
Photographed in the Tate Modern Museum in London.