DE STIJL

Dates: 1917-1931

Origin: Holland

Key Artists: Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg

[Dutch, ‘The Style’] the name of a loosely associated group of mainly Dutch artists founded in 1917 and of the journal they published to promote their ideas. The moving spirit was Theo van Doesburg (1883–1931) and other associates included the painter Piet Mondrian, the architect Gerrit Rietveld, and the sculptor Georges Vantongerloo. Their common aim was to find laws of equilibrium and harmony that would be applicable to life and society as well as art, and the style that is associated with them is one of austere abstract clarity. The greatest impact of De Stijl was not on painting but on architecture and the applied arts (including furniture design and typography). It was particularly influential upon the founders of the Bauhaus.

“De Stijl.” The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Oxford Art Online. 12 Mar. 2010 <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/opr/t4/e581&gt;

Piet Mondrian

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