De Stijl

Pronounced (de Steel), This movement is also known as neoplasticism. De Stijl is Dutch for “the style.” Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Bart van der Leck among others are seen as originators for the movement, stressing the importance if artistic purity and denounced individual subjectivity, thus producing abstract linear work based on straight lines, right angles, and primary colors. This stemmed from analytical cubism, by which Mondrian was known to be most influenced.  Frank Lloyd right was a major influence as well as the constructivism movement, and De Stijl would later influence The Bauhaus and Art Deco. This movement was also influential for architects because of the emphasis placed on straight lines and right angles providing a Utopian feel.

“… this new plastic idea will ignore the particulars of appearance, that is to say, natural form and colour. On the contrary, it should find its expression in the abstraction of form and colour, that is to say, in the straight line and the clearly defined primary colour.” – Piet Mondrian


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