Counter Composition V

This painting van Theo van Doesburg belongs to the Elementarism theory, an overcomplicated and ├╝ber pretentious idea from the 1920s. Like Mondriaan’s Neo-plasticism, it was a branch of the De Stijl school, playing at the same time both the brother and the arch-enemy of Neo-Plasticism. The main difference being that here the lines are diagonal instead of horizontal/vertical. This pissed off Mondriaan so much that he resigned from the school. You’d think there’d be worse problems in life, but don’t underestimate the power or lines.

Last modified: 11 March 2013