The name de Stijl, possibly taken from the writings of German architect Gottfried Semper, refers to the significant Dutch periodical and the group of artists associated with it. Established in Leiden by Theo van Doesburg in 1917, it ran until 1932 with the last issue marking the death of its founder. Connected to Cubism, yet concerned also with the search for new art, de Stijl style can be characterized by elementary components, primary colours, flat, rectangular areas and only straight, horizontal and vertical lines. With contributions from J. J. P. Oud, Jan Wils, Gerrit Rietveld, Robert van ‘t Hoff and Piet Mondrian in its first few years, it grew in international recognition in the 1920s, after major exhibitions at Léonce Rosenberg’s Galerie de l’Effort Moderne and the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture, both in Paris in 1923.



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