De Stijl

in design •  3 months ago  (edited)

De Stijl or The Style, founded in 1917 by Theo van Doesburg was a Dutch art movement which believed in leaving behind older philosophies & focusing on simplified geometric forms and use of primary colors. Other members of this movement were Piet Mondrian, A. Kok, Jacobus Johannes Pieter Oud, Vilmos Huszár, Robert van’t Hoff and a few others.

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Mondrian was one of the most important members of the movement alongside Theo van Doesburg and contributed immensely to the objective of De Stijl which was to achieve spiritual harmony and balance through works of art. He believed that 3D was deceptive and 2D was free of distortion. In fact Piet was so firm in his beliefs that it created difference of opinions with Theo and eventually led to their split in 1924.

Some of the many notable works from Piet Mondrian

~ Broadway Boogie Woogie, 1942–43


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~ Composition with Red, Yellow, Black, Gray, and Blue (1921)


~ The Gray Tree (1912)


The paintings of Mondrian ended up inspiring one of the greatest fashion designers Yves Saint Laurent and he launched an entire collection of A-line dresses in the 1960s known to be the Mondrian collection. Truly, a creative never stops inspiring! What was next, word spread like wildfire and the dresses quickly made it to the cover page of Vogue in 1965.


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These places hold the collections of works from artists of the De Stij movement:

Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
Gemeentemuseum in The Hague
Centraal Museum of Utrecht.
MoMA in New York

I remember seeing a glass structure in Wroclaw on my trip last year and I will probably find the picture if I dig it up, but it was just a momentary pass while entering the city. I have already mentioned how I missed seeing some important Bauhaus museums when I was in Berlin for a few hours but I am pretty sure I will make time just for visiting whatever I have only seen in books, in the future :)

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Hehe nice, I went to Mondriaan College in the past, the whole school was full of paintings from Mondriaan ^^

Omg, must have been so cool <3

Hehe sure, I loved the paintings ^^

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