A Mondrian tree?

This special, low-crown yew dates from the second half of the 18th century. Like many other trees in the Manteling, it owes its capricious shape in part to the sea breeze that had free rein.

In the period 1908-1915/1916, the later world-famous painter Piet Mondrian often visited Domburg. He took long bike rides through the woods and became fascinated by the play of light that fell through the foliage and along the bare branches of the trees. It has inspired him in his transition phase from figurative to abstract painting.

The gray tree from 1911 is very similar to this yew, but the painting probably resulted from the study of various trees. In any case, the yew is an eccentric and curious tree, a cultural and natural monument, which, if left alone, can become centuries old. Show respect: Don’t climb in it!

The fence and the sign were partly created thanks to a contribution from Tourist Impulse Veere.

The “Mondriaan tree” on the Berckenbosch country estate in Oostkapelle is now protected by a fence and a sign. On July 27, 2022, the fence and the sign were ‘inaugurated’ in the presence of the forester by Staatsbosbeheer Karel Leeftink, the Domburg Museum curator Francisca van Vloten and representing the subsidy provider Tourist Impuls Veere, Ralf Beije, Ab Pouwer and Jan de Regt, and finally a few guests.