De Stijl’s sixth volume was published in landscape format. It had changed from the original format (245 × 185mm) in its fourth year, with new typography and logo. The new design by Mondrian and Van Doesburg became de Stijl’s international face. As Van Doesburg spread its ideas on objective art (that, which is expressed in geometric forms and pure colors) across Europe, the word “international” was emphasised in the subtitle and the inclusion of places of publication. This cover of No. 12 is asymmetrically balanced, which was key to Neo-plasticism. Its type is limited to rectangular blocks or distributed in vertical and horizontal lines. By 1924, when it was published, Van Doesburg had declared the diagonal to be a more dynamic compositional principle, calling this new realization Elementarism.


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