de Stijl

de Stijl

Author: Erin Aldana

This lesson will explore the movement known as "de Stijl."

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Image Credits

van Doesburg, The Cow; Public Domain: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Theo_van_doesburg_de_koe.jpg , Gray Tree, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mondrian_gray_tree.jpg, Piet Mondrian, Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, Fair Use According to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mondrian_Composition_II_in_Red,_Blue,_and_Yellow.jpg,  Piet Mondrian, Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red, Fair Use According to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mondrian_CompRYB.jpg, Schroeder House; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:RietveldSchroederhuis.jpg,  Rietveld Chair, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rietveld_chair_4.JPG, Georges Vantongerloo, Construction of Volume Relations http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/georges-vantongerloo/construction-of-volume-relations-1921


Terms to Know
  • Asymmetrical

    In art, a compositional technique where unequal parts are balanced through the use of various sizes, shapes, colors, and placements.

  • Neoplasticism

    Also called 'the style' or de Stijl; characterized by qualities of planes, primary colors, and vertical and horizontal lines.

  • Primary Color

    Red, blue, or yellow.

  • Rectangular Planes

    Four-sided flat surfaces, consisting of four 90º angles.

  • de Stijl

    A utopian 20th-century Dutch art movement characterized by qualities of simplicity, function, primary colors and rectangular forms.