- Glossary definition: De Stijl
De Stijl
(Dutch for 'the style')

A purist art movement begun in the Netherlands during World War I by Mondrian and others. It involved painters, sculptors, designers, and architects whose works and ideas were expressed in De Stijl magazine. De Stijl was aimed at creating a universal language of form that would be independent of individual emotion. Visual form was pared down to primary colours, plus black and white, and rectangular shapes. The movement was influential primarily in architecture.

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