De Stijl “The Style” Movement/ DanniPosted: May 17, 2011
De Stijl translation in dutch meaning “The Style” also known as neoplasticism, was a dutch art movement founded in 1917. The term De Stijl is used to refer to a body of work from 1917 to 1931 founded in the Netherlands. De Stijl is also the name of a journal that was published by the dutch painter, designer, writer and critic Theo Van Doesburg, propagating the groups theories. Next to Doesburg, the groups principal members were the painters Piet Mondrian, Vilmos Huszar and Bart Van Der Leck, and the architects Gerrit Rietveld, Robert Van’t Hoff and J.J.P Oud.
Artists of the De Stijl movement saw art as a collective approach, and as a language that went beyond culture, geography and politics. The artwork created by the De Stijl movement artists gave off a depersonalized, anonymous feel.They advocated pure abstraction and universality by a reduction to the essentials of form and color; they simplified visual compositions to the vertical and horizontal directions, and used only primary colors along with black and white.
Composition and balance played a huge part in their work, making the De Stijl art movement fairly influential in the next few decades of modern design and modern architecture.