Theo van DoesburgCounter-Composition VI 1925

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Artist
Theo van Doesburg (1883‑1931)
Title
Counter-Composition VI
Contre-compositie
Date 1925
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 500 x 500 mm frame: 690 x 691 x 80 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03374
Not on display

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Van Doesburg was the editor of De Stijl magazine and its combination of art, architecture and design reflected his own wide-ranging activities. He painted his first ‘Counter-Composition’ in 1924, using a diagonal grid to create a dynamic tension between the composition and the rectilinear format of the canvas. For van Doesburg, the shift marked a spiritual liberation from the ‘earth-bound’ verticals and horizontals used by the De Stijl group.

April 2012

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