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One of our favorite eras of design, one of our favorite prints, at one of our favorite museums.

At a recent estate sale we picked up this mint condition poster from the exhibition – De Stijl: 1917-1931, Visions of Utopia; at the Walker Art Center in 1982. Which has probably been in this frame ever since. The piece above the great Futura type is called: Counter-Composition V, 1924 – by Theo van Doesburg. Originally produced with oil on canvas and housed in the Stedelijk museum in Amsterdam.

In the early 1920′s a group of architects and artists formed a movement called De Stijl (Dutch for The Style). Theirs was a utopian philosophical approach to aesthetics, centered in a publication called De Stijl, which presented their ideas and designs. The founder of the publication and leader of the group was Theo van Doesburg, an architect. Other important participants were Gerrit Rietveld and Piet Mondrian.

Get close and personal with Dutch Style HERE.


DE STIJL, Walker Art Center 31 January - 28 March 1982


Counter-Composition V, 1924 - by Theo van Doesburg
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