A Century Later and its Still The Style

It all began in the Amsterdam. In 1917, a Dutch artist, Theo Van Doesburg, released the first publication of an art journal, De Stijl. With it, he called like minded artists who created a new artistic movement based on the Journal. Somewhat a reaction to the excess of Art Decco these artist began a "Neo-Plasticism" style. De Stijl or "the style" embraced a simplified, utopian, ascetic based on geometric lines, pared down forms, and a limited color palette reduced to primary colors. Piet Mondrian is the most well remembered and commercially successful De Stijl artist. Other founding members include J.J.P. Oud and Vilmos Huszar.

Now, in 2017, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the De Stijl movement, recalling the far reaching influence of De Stijl artists on design and fine art alike. In the Dutch city, Hague, they are ahowing appreciation for the movement by "mondrianizing" various buildings including the city hall. The Gemeente Museum, across from city hall, which houses the worlds largest collection of Mondrians, will open its doors for free this Sunday (feb 12) to honor the artist.

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