De Stijl Influence

The Dutch De Stijl movement embraced an abstract pared down aesthetic using basic visual elements such as geometric forms and primary colours.  It is understood that this was partly a reaction against the decorative excess of Art Deco and the horrors of World War 1 where artists wished to remake society in its aftermath, viewing art as a spiritual redemption.  The De Stijl movement, which simply means ‘the style’ in Dutch, was led by painters Theo Van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian who applied their style in a host of media in fine and applied arts and beyond.  An exciting visual language emerged consisting of precise geometric forms, usually straight lines, squares and rectangles, in primary colours.  Strongly influenced by this style has given rise to experimentation in a similar form.  This geometric pattern was created using crystal colour where once dry, bleach was applied to encourage a distortion between colour.

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