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Fonction, courbes vertes

Georges Vantongerloo (1886-1965)
Fonction, courbes vertes (Function, Green Curves), 1938

Oil on Masonite, 32 x 14.6 in.
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With his involvement with De Stijl in 1917, Vantongerloo produced work strictly on the basis of geometric and algebraic principles as a means to achieve artistic expression. The three paintings shown here belong to a group of works he created after 1936, when he was one of the leading figures of the French abstract artists’ association Abstraction-Création. They are composed more rhythmically, representing lines and curves on the basis of mathematical function equations and are based on his investigations into the disposition of geometrical structures in space. The colored curves on a white ground seem at times to attract or repel one another. For Vantongerloo, “space” was one of the main subject matters of his artistic enterprises.

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