In 1916 van Doesburg participated in the foundation of the artists' associations De Anderen and De Sphinx. He met other like-minded artists, and even such architects as J. J. P. Oud. In August 1916 Oud commissioned him to design a stained-glass window. This commission was followed by numerous others in stained glass. He produced series of drawings from a single subject where the heavy, emphatic outline was progressively ‘essentialised' to a minimum of horizontal and vertical lines bounding coloured planes. This technique of painterly composition lent itself admirably to the creation of stained-glass windows.
He became increasingly involved in Dada activities, including the publication of four issues of Mécano (1922–3).
From 1925 van Doesburg intended to build a studio-house. It marked his transition from painter to architect. Unfortunately, before the house was finished, he died of a heart attack following a bout of asthma. Shortly before his death he published his first and only issue of Art concret and was involved in planning a new group of artists, the emergent Abstraction–Création.
Drachten, Streekmus. Smallingerland Bleekerhûs [drgs for Drachten proj.]
The Hague, Rijksdienst Beeld. Kst [sketches and architectural drgs]
Paris, Pompidou [drgs for Café de l'Aubette]
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