Theo Van Doesburg A New Expression of Life, Art, and Technology Gladys Fabre

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
11 Apr 2016
ISBN:
9780300222432
Imprint:
Mercatorfonds
Dimensions:
272 pages: 305 x 241mm
Illustrations:
150 color illus.
Sales territories:
World

This handsome catalogue presents the Dutch artist Theo Van Doesburg (1883-1931) as a nomadic propagandist on a quest for a new aesthetic that, in conjunction with contemporary science and technology, sought to reform the world. Van Doesburg was a central figure of the De Stijl movement, characterized by a pared-down aesthetic centered in basic visual elements such as geometric shapes and primary colors, and this book highlights the artist’s collaborations with other leading members, including Piet Mondrian, Bart van der Leck, and Georges Vantongerloo. It also traces the stylistic trajectory of the artist’s career from his Neo-Plasticist and Dadaist creations to his Elementarist and Conrete artworks and brings together art, architecture, cinema, poetry, literature, design, and typography to illuminate Van Doesburg’s enduring contributions to De Stijl.  

Gladys C. Fabre is an art historian, curator, and author specializing in 20th-century modernity and the avant-gardes.