The Victorian artist’s studio and flat that was lived in by the Dutch Modernist artist Piet Mondrian is available for rent.
Mondrian moved to London from Paris in 1938 to escape the rise of fascism across Europe and made this one-bedroom flat on Parkhill Road in Belsize Park his studio and home.
The apartment backs onto the famous Mall Studios, where Barbara Hepworth and her husband Ben Nicholson lived before moving to St Ives in 1939. Sculptor Henry Moore then moved in.
Paul Glass, lettings manager at Day Morris, said: “There’s nothing above the studio room, so you’ve got that wonderful high ceiling. It looks over the Mall Studios, which was built for artists to be a community, and all the other artists who lived in the area would pop in on each other.
“There are still arty people living in the houses, because of their history. There’s a well-known composer living there now, for example.”
Mondrian was one of the most important artists of the 20th century and is best known for his paintings composed of blocks of primary colours on white grounds, intersected by black lines, which are often likened to the grids of modern cities.
According to Hepworth, the Hampstead studio came to look like one of these paintings as squares of primary colours climbed up the white walls.
The wood panelling, which was previously painted black, has been restored and the apartment has access to a private garden, as well as its own separate entrance, and tenants will have the distinction of their very own blue plaque.
The studio is available to let from Day Morris for £450 per week.
by Prudence Ivey
Source: Ham & High Property