The 100th Anniversary of De Stijl

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The 100th Anniversary of De Stijl

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Dutch artistic movement, De Stijl. The geometric style composed of red, blue, yellow, white, and black is distinctive, and the paintings by Piet Mondrian, as well as the product designs by Gerrit Rietveld, extend beyond the field of expression. Dick Bruna, a graphic designer who passed away recently, was a creator who was influenced by De Stijl. While De Stijl did not gain worldwide notoriety, as an innovative and stoic modeling philosophy, it catalyzed an influence on German Bauhaus and American pop art. This year’s exhibitions across museums in the Netherlands offer a wonderful opportunity to follow the history of Dutch design.

Words by Kiyomi Yui

© Kiyomi Yui De Stijl 100th anniversary stamps. The stamps boast works and sayings of the founding members of this artistic movement, such as Theo van Doesburg.
© Kiyomi Yui The standard bearer of De Stijl, Piet Mondrian, advocated a new modeling philosophy of the three primary colors and only using level and perpendicular lines.
© Kiyomi Yui Gerrit Rietveld embodied the pure modeling principles of De Stijl in his constructions and products.
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