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January 7, 2014


Filed under: burgoyne diller — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 6:11 am

I have been writing a lot about artists as of late, where their work is focused on vertical and horizontal planes, and  basically the use of primary colors. I am sure you are wondering how many of these artists arethere? I  myself am interested to know what movement is this?  Yes, we all have heard of Piet Mondrian, we have seen his paintings, we can relate color blocking to fashion of the ’60′s but I want to take you one step further today.

I was not familiar with the term-Neo-Plasticism which seems to be the movement that these artists are associated with.  This movement is also known as De Stijl. The visual themes of neo-plasticism explores the range of placements of geometric forms.

Neo-Plasticism is the belief that art should not be the reproduction of real objects, but the expression of the absolutes of life!  To the artists way of thinking, the only absolutes of life were vertical and horizontal lines and the primary colors.  To this end, Neo-plasticists only used planar elements and the colors red, yellow and blue.  This movement happened in the 1910′s and the two main painters of this movement were Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg, a dutch artist.  (later post to come)

There is an interesting philosophical aspect to this style of art.  One, you may think too far out there, but none the less interesting to think about.

And it is as follows-the style consists also of compositions of squares and rectangles and accented with primary colors against a solid white background. Some attribute this style to be representative of the stinging isolation of the lives of all Americans of the Depression era.  However, the well planed nature of this type of art is said to reveal the desire for a new reconstructed world prevailing over the seemingly hopeless situation in the United states during the Depression.

From this movement we can look forward to the American Minimalism of the 1960′s and 1970′s.

Burgoyne Diller made an important contribution to the development of non-objective art in the United States.  Working in a hard-edged geometric style, he produced paintings, drawings and collages that paved the way for the development of American Minimalism during the 60′s and 70′s.

Diller  is also recognized as the first American painter to embrace the tenets of Neo-plasticism-Today’s painting examples are all his. I really love his style and now that i am more familiar with the philosophy behind this, I am even more excited to find more artists that were part of this movement!

I do hope you enjoyed today’s post!

Make it a great day!



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