De Stijl and Dutch modernism

De Stijl and Dutch modernism

by Michael White


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De Stijl was the title of a magazine founded in the Netherlands in 1917 and is now used to identify the abstract art and functional architecture of its major contributors: Mondrian, Van Doesburg, Van der Leck, Oud, Wils and Rietveld. This book is the first to emphasize the local context of De Stijl and explore its relationship to the distinctive character of Dutch modernism. Examines the connection between debates concerning abstraction in painting and spatiality in architecture and contemporary developments in the fields of urban planning, advertising, interior design and exhibition design. Describes the interaction between the world of mass culture and the fine arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719061622
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 09/20/2003
Series: Critical Perspectives in Art History
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael White is Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York

Table of Contents

List of plates

List of figures

List of abbreviations



Introduction: Who's afraid of red, yellow and blue

1. Abstraction and utopia

2. The monumental image of the city

3. Advertising as fine art

4. Structures of interior design

5. Exhibiting style


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