About this artwork
The reduction of form to vertical and horizontal lines and the use of only black, white, and primary colors seen in this work characterized the art and design of the early 20th-century avant-garde Dutch De Stijl group. Although primarily a sculptor, Georges Vantongerloo insisted that his two-dimensional works were equally crucial to his practice. At the time that he made The Function of Lines, he was a member of Abstraction-Création, a Paris-based, international association of artists dedicated to the principles of pure abstraction.
- Georges Vantongerloo
- The Function of Lines
- Brush with opaque and transparent watercolor and pen and black ink on beige, wove paper
- 491 × 599 mm
- Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray