De Stijl

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De Stijl, Dutch for "The Style" is an artistic movement founded in Leiden in the second half of the First World War. De Stijl was a minimalist movement, reducing art and architecture to the most essential of colours and shapes. The ideas of the movement were mostly propagated through a magazine of the same name, which was set up by artist Theo van Doesburg. Some of the other key figures in the movement are Piet Mondriaan, J.J.P. Oud and Gerrit Rietveld. Though the movement, which would go on to influence the European avant-garde in the 1930s, was oriented to the world, De Stijl is nowadays seen more as a typical Dutch artistic movement.




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