De Stijl and Dutch modernism

By Michael White

De Stijl and Dutch modernism

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6162-2
  • Pages: 196
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: July 2003
  • BIC Category: Humanities / First World War, The arts / History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -, ARCHITECTURE / History / General, ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), c 1910 to c 1919, First World War, History of architecture, History
  • Series: Critical Perspectives in Art History


De Stijl was the title of a magazine founded in the Netherlands in 1917 and is now used to identify the abstract art and functional architecture of its major contributors: Mondrian, Van Doesburg, Van der Leck, Oud, Wils and Rietveld. This book is the first to emphasize the local context of De Stijl and explore its relationship to the distinctive character of Dutch modernism. Examines the connection between debates concerning abstraction in painting and spatiality in architecture and contemporary developments in the fields of urban planning, advertising, interior design and exhibition design. Describes the interaction between the world of mass culture and the fine arts.


List of plates
List of figures
List of abbreviations
Introduction: Who's afraid of red, yellow and blue
1. Abstraction and utopia
2. The monumental image of the city
3. Advertising as fine art
4. Structures of interior design
5. Exhibiting style


Michael White is Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York

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