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Carel Blotkamp

The leading Dutch expert on De Stijl, Carel Blotkamp (b. 1945) was professor of Modern Art History at the Free University of Amsterdam. His publications include Pyke Koch (1982), Daubigny, Van Doesburg, Daniels en 88 andere hoogtepunten uit de collectie moderne kunst van het Centraal Museum (Daubigny, Van Doesburg, Daniels and 88 Other Highlights of Modern Art in the Centraal Museum; 1987) and Mondrian. The Art of Destruction, (Reaktion Books, 2001, H.N. Abrams, 1994).

De Stijl 1917 - 1932

De Stijl 1917 - 1932

De vervolgjaren van De Stijl 1922-1932

(L.J. Veen, 1996)

The black lines and coloured rectangles in Mondrian’s paintings have been widely used for decades in advertising, fashion and design. Rather than a ‘new look’ in painting, they were originally the expression of a philosophical attitude and of an aesthetic approach, which was given concrete form in the art periodical De Stijl founded in 1917. The driving force behind De Stijl was the artistic all-rounder Theo van Doesburg. His collaborators, apart from Mondrian, included the painters Bart van der Leck and Vilmos Huszar and the architects J.J.P. Oud and (later) Gerrit Rietveld.

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