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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: , Gray Tree, Public Domain,, Piet Mondrian, Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, Fair Use According to Wikipedia,,_Blue,_and_Yellow.jpg,  Piet Mondrian, Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red, Fair Use According to Wikipedia,, Schroeder House; Public Domain:,  Rietveld Chair, Creative Commons,, Georges Vantongerloo, Construction of Volume Relations


Terms to Know

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


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.