Counter-Composition VIII

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1924

Artist:

Theo van Doesburg
Dutch, 1883–1931

About this artwork

In 1917 Theo van Doesburg founded an art periodical in Leiden called De Stijl (The Style). This name also referred to the artists’ group—including Van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian, and Georges Vantongerloo—associated with the publication. These artists saw abstraction as an almost spiritual vehicle to reconstruct art and society following World War I. Their approach, as exemplified by Counter-Composition VIII, was marked by fundamentals: geometry (squares, rectangles, and straight lines) combined with asymmetry; pure primary colors used along with black and white; and positive and negative elements. In addition to painting, De Stijl had a great impact on architecture and design, and it deeply influenced Germany’s famed Bauhaus.

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 393

Artist

Theo van Doesburg

Title

Counter-Composition VIII

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1924

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

none

Dimensions

39 3/4 × 39 3/4 in. (101 × 101 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Peggy Guggenheim

Reference Number

1949.216

Extended information about this artwork

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