Born in the Netherlands, Piet Mondrian studied academically inspired art in Amsterdam as a young man, focusing on naturalistic landscape and still life painting as well as Dutch Impressionism and Pointillism. After seeing Cubist works by Georges Braques and Pablo Picasso, Mondrian moved to Paris and began working in a Cubist mode, eventually evolving his work to a more simplified abstraction (neo-Plasticism) using primary colors and working with a grid system. In 1940, Mondrian moved to NYC. His work developed a more colorful style using colorful lines and syncopated rhythms, much influenced by jazz that he heard in NYC clubs.