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The Function of Lines

A work made of brush with opaque and transparent watercolor and pen and black ink on beige, wove paper.

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  • A work made of brush with opaque and transparent watercolor and pen and black ink on beige, wove paper.

Date:

1936

Artist:

Georges Vantongerloo
Belgian, 1886–1965

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.

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Artist

Georges Vantongerloo

Title

The Function of Lines

Origin

Belgium

Date

1936

Medium

Brush with opaque and transparent watercolor and pen and black ink on beige, wove paper

Dimensions

491 × 599 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.870

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