looking at the work of theo can doesburg and colour.


Theo van Doesburg’s palette: Flake White, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Emerald Green, Cobalt Blue, Ivory Black.

The Style is a variation of the abstract art, which is characteristic for the opinions about art of the modern times. This modern art had to be non-illustrative and non-telling in contrast to the former art movements and it’s opinions. The modern art had to be able to stand on its own and had to be understandable without referring to the concrete world. So it did not have to reflect something identifiable to be understandable.

The Style is recognizable by the use of straight horizontal en vertical lines as well as the use of the primary colors red, yellow and blue. They also used the colors black, white and gray. The result of it all seems an almost technically constructured totality. It was not the intention to tell something concrete, but to show the world the ideal harmony.

The Style went back to the fundamental elements of the art: color and form, level and line. With these elements the artist developed new sculptural language and with that the placed the ideal world opposite the reality. Most of the artist used closed and open forms, density and space, color and form. By using these elements within one painting, the ideal harmony could be reached. All elements have their own function in the totality.
The lines are the borders and make the open or closed forms. The lines are also used to create a certain space. The border of the painting is not the end of the painting. We can use our fantasy to fill in the rest; to let it grow as big aswant, as big as we can imagine

 compositie no. 10, mondriaan, 1939-1942

By using only the primary colors, the artist could create a 3-dimensional effect.