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Theo van Doesburg: Principles of Neo-Plastic Art

Theo van Doesburg: Principles of Neo-Plastic Art

Edited by Walter Gropius, László Moholy-Nagy

Painter, writer, architect, typographer, art theorist and leader of the De Stijl movement, Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931) was one of the great modernist polymaths, and in this volume of the Bauhausbücher, he attempts to make elementary concepts in the visual arts generally comprehensible for a broad audience.

Van Doesburg’s book addresses the “modern artist” of his day, who had to deal with both shifting social paradigms and a changing understanding of art and art theory. Unifying a range of disciplines, van Doesburg describes theory as a necessary consequence of creative practice: artists, he says, “do not write about art but from within art.”

Principles of Neo-Plastic Art is a revolutionary synthesis of practice and theory.

Hardcover
68 pages, 1 color/ 31 black-and-white
Lars Müller Publishers, 2021
7 x 9 inches
ISBN 9783037786291     
Bauhaus, Neoplasticism

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