De Stijl at 100: 1917 - 2017
27 Nov - 11 Dec 2017
Full course: £100.00
Per session: £40.00
Study Course Lecturer:
This year Amsterdam has been celebrating 100 years of De Stijl (meaning ‘the style’) with exhibitions across Holland. Taking its name from a magazine, De Stijl, was founded by two pioneers of abstract art, Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg, although the group also numbered Bart van der Leck and the architects Gerrit Rietveld and JJP Oud. As chief spokesman of the De Stijl group, van Doesburg wanted to establish a visual vocabulary based on elementary geometrical forms that could be adapted to any discipline. Mondrian painted only in horizontal and vertical lines with a restricted colour palette of primary colours and as a theosophist; he intended his geometric non-representational works to reflect a universal truth beyond everyday appearances. He withdrew from De Stijl in 1923 following van Doesburg’s adoption of diagonal elements in his work. The previous year van Doesburg had relocated to Weimar hoping to make an impression on Walter Gropius, principal of the Bauhaus. Although rejected as a Bauhaus master, van Doesburg soon attracted the Bauhaus students interested in the new ideas of Constructivism, Dadaism and De Stijl. Over three sessions, we will explore the Amsterdam School, which can be viewed as a prequel to De Stijl, the evolution of Mondrian’s abstraction through the lens of his theosophical beliefs and finally the interconnections between De Stijl and the Bauhaus.
Short Study Course Sessions:
i. From the Amsterdam School to De Stijl: towards Modern architecture and design
ii. Mondrian: from the Hague School to De Stijl
iii. De Stijl and the Bauhaus: 100 hundred years of Modern Design
Short Study Course Location:
Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square
Please note that one or more sessions may be at another location if for example they involve a gallery visit. This will be indicated in the session details.
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Each Short Course is made up of three sessions, and each session normally consists of two fifty-minute lectures with a short refreshments break in the middle. While it makes most sense to attend the full course, it is also possible to book individual sessions only. Study Notes and suggestions for further reading will be provided.
Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Short Courses are generally held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. We know that the chairs, whilst beautifully designed, are not the most comfortable, so do bring a cushion for padding.
Numbers are normally limited to a maximum of 70 participants or less per Short Course to ensure a personal atmosphere conducive to interactive learning with pleasure.
Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Short Course place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Bookings are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.
How to Book:
You can book on-line or ring us on 01280 820521 (we can take a card payment over the phone) or write to us - see our address details below.
Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Short Course place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Booking payments are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.
We only accept payment in British Pounds (GBP) and accept the following types of cards only:
An on-line booking may be cancelled within 7 days of the booking being made and the associated on-line payment will be refunded less an administration charge. We would need to be informed of the cancellation in writing within the 7 day period. Our normal booking terms and conditions will also apply.
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