Artist profile

Georges Vantongerloo

Georges Vantongerloo is one of the lesser known and yet most important members of the De Stijl movement founded in Holland in 1917 by Piet Mondrian. He worked closely with Mondrian and van Doesburg and was a major contributor to the development of abstract art in the early 20th century. Vantongerloo was born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1886 and was exiled to Holland during the war. The comparative lack of recognition of his work is in part accounted for by his refugee status. Dutch Art Historians were prone to give precedence to their fellow Dutch artists thus overlooking Vantongerloo’s interest and importance as an artist. His paintings and preparatory studies are often based on mathematical formula: they are geometric, considered and linear. Like Mondrian, Vantongerloo used a limited and carefully chosen selection of colours but the basis of his aesthetic philosophy was quite different. Unlike many of his immediate contemporaries Vantongerloo was also an innovative designer, architect and philosopher. 

Biography

1886
Born in Antwerp, Belgium
1905–1909
Studied Fine Art at the Fine Art Academies in Antwerp and Brussels
1927
Moved to Paris
1965
Died in Paris, France