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Theo van Doesburg Color design for ceiling and three walls for the Café de l'Aubette Ciné-dancing wallpainting in Strasburg, 1926
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Details
Gouache on paperboard
43 x 74.5 cm (16.9 x 29.3 in.)
Submitted
Provenance
Madame Bloemena, The Netherlands
Additional Information
In 1926, together with the artists Jean Arp and Sophie Tauber-Arp, van Doesburg was commissioned to refurbish the interior of the historical Aubette building, at the Place Kléber in Strasbourg, in order to reconvert it into a complex with restaurant, bars, cabaret and the ciné-dancing hall. This ambitious project, conceived as a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk,’ became one of the most iconic works of De Stijl, and allowed van Doesburg to develop and apply his theory of Elementarism: as van Doesburg himself explained, Elementarism was “based on the neutralisation of positive and negative directions by the diagonal and, as far as color is concerned, by the dissonant.”
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