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Composition in Gray (Rag-time), 1919 — Theo van Doesburg, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Composition in Gray (Rag-time)

Theo van Doesburg

Abstract Art

In 1919, Theo van Doesburg was working with Piet Mondrian to push art past cubism. Just a year before, van Doesburg had written a manifesto defining 'the new art' which he called De Stijl or 'The Style'. Composition in Gray captures the transition between these two styles. The gradients and ovals common to cubism, giving way to the rigid vertical and horizontal structure of the burgeoning De Stijl movement.

Submitted by Reed Engerguggenheim.org
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