Study no III

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Artist / maker

Georges Vantongerloo (painters (artists))

Date

1920

Period

20th century
In November 1918 Georges Vantongerloo signed the manifesto of De Stijl alongside Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg and others, the only Belgian artist to do so. More than Mondrian, who used mostly primary colours – red, blue and yellow – Vantongerloo introduced secondary colours into his painted works. The painting Study no. III is one of the earliest examples. It…
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In November 1918 Georges Vantongerloo signed the manifesto of De Stijl alongside Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg and others, the only Belgian artist to do so. More than Mondrian, who used mostly primary colours – red, blue and yellow – Vantongerloo introduced secondary colours into his painted works. The painting Study no. III is one of the earliest examples. It illustrates his colour theory, in which he establishes seven principal colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. In addition, he distinguished five transitional colours, being red-orange, yellow-orange, blue-green, indigo-blue and indigo-violet. Vantongerloo linked his palette to twelve-tone music. This painting has the nature of an experiment in which Vantongerloo puts his colour theory into practice.
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