Theo Van Doesburg

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1883–1931 | BORN: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Co-founded the De Stijl movement

Aimed to develop a universal language of order, abstraction, and geometric shapes

Experimented with typography

As they did in Russia, politics met art in The Netherlands. During World War I, Dutch painter, designer, architect, and poet Theo van Doesburg joined people like painter Piet Mondrian and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld to try to refine the ideas behind Cubism. They called this new movement De Stijl, or The Style. The group blamed nationalist pride and self-centered individualism for the war, and they aimed to establish a universal sense of ...

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