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Relief no. 12B

A work made of masonite, wood, cellulose acetate rods, plastic sheet, metal, brass, paint.

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  • A work made of masonite, wood, cellulose acetate rods, plastic sheet, metal, brass, paint.

Date:

1936

Artist:

César Domela
Dutch, 1900-1992

About this artwork

Among César Domela’s most ambitious “neoplastic reliefs,” Relief no. 12B is notable not only for its large size but also for its complex construction from overlapping hollow and solid disks. One of the youngest members of the Dutch art movement De Stijl, Domela made his first relief in 1929, using wood, metallic paint, and metal rods to create three-dimensional rectangular compositions that resemble geometric paintings yet extend into the space of the viewer by projecting off the wall. When Plexiglas was invented in 1933, Domela became one of the first artists to embrace it as a material, using it and other plastics to enhance the play of light within his works, and generate new physical and optical textures and patterns.

Status

On View, Gallery 393

Department

Modern Art

Artist

César Domela

Title

Relief no. 12B

Place

Amsterdam (Artist's nationality:)

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1936

Medium

Masonite, wood, cellulose acetate rods, plastic sheet, metal, brass, paint

Dimensions

106.6 × 15.2 cm (42 × 6 in.)

Credit Line

Promised gift of Lisa Goldberg

Reference Number

Obj: 261219

Extended information about this artwork

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