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In 1915, while serving in World War I, Theo van Doesburg discovered the work of Piet Mondrian, whose paintings were composed of primary colors, geometric forms, and straight lines. Van Doesburg became an adherent of Mondrian’s aesthetic theories, advancing them through his journal De Stijl, which he founded in 1917. Van Doesburg’s stained glass designs, such as this window designed for a school in the Dutch town of Drachten, exemplifies the De Stijl aesthetic. Like the Russian Constructivists, De Stijl artists based their designs on mathematical principles, imbuing their work with an impersonal, but visually harmonious, sensibility.

Theo van Doesburg
Dutch, 1883–1931
Stained glass
48 x 12 in. (121.9 x 30.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 75.85.1