Theo van Doesburg
Counter-Composition VI 1925

Artwork details

Artist
Theo van Doesburg 1883–1931
Title
Counter-Composition VI
Contre-compositie
Date 1925
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 500 x 500 mm
frame: 690 x 691 x 80 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03374

Display caption

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.

November 2015

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