Theo van Doesburg | Space-time construction #3 | 1923
gouache, graphite, ink
sheet 44 x 31 cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Penelope
Seidler AM in memory of Harry Seidler AC, 2010
Artist, architect, and writer Theo van Doesburg was the central figure of the De Stijl movement coming out of Holland in the 1920s. De Stijl ("the style" in Dutch), a precursor to the German Bauahus School and present-day design sensibilities, emphasized functional geometry and simple logic in an effort to create a universal aesthetic language appropriate for all aspects of life and all types of media. Van Doesburg's painting Space-time construction #3 illustrates this universal aesthetic through its non-objective subject matter resembling an architectural plan. Its primary colors are reminiscent of the work of Piet Mondrian, another major proponent of De Stijl, whose final unfinished painting Victory Boogie-Woogie formed the heart of the Tremaine Collection.