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Theo van Doesburg

(1883—1931)


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(1883–1931)

Founder of the influential De Stijl architectural and design group the Dutch artist, designer, and writer van Doesburg provided much of its theoretical underpinning through the De Stijl journal, which he edited from 1917 to 1931. Influenced in his aesthetic approach by the Dutch artist and fellow member of De Stijl, Piet Mondrian, Van Doesburg was also active in several design fields including interiors, stained glass, floor tiling, and mosaics. Between 1921 and 1923 he lived in Weimar, Germany, home of the Bauhaus and sought to influence its progressive curriculum, also participating in the 1922 Weimar International Congress of Constructivists and Dadaists. Through such activities, coupled with his editorship of De Stijl, he was an important catalyst for the internationalization of many facets of the De Stijl design philosophy.

Subjects: Art.


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