Construction dans la sphère 2 (Construction in the Sphere 2)
Production date
1917 - 1918
Collection
Object number
1996.GRO0029.XXXI
Material

cement mortar painted white

Dimensions
33.0 cm x 25.0 cm

The Antwerp painter Georges Vantongerloo was one of the pioneers of modern sculpture in Europe with his geometric-abstract works.
During World War I, Vantongerloo remains in The Hague, where he participates in the activities of the group De Stijl, which was established by Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondriaan in 1917 in order to propagate geometric-abstract design. The painters and sculptors from this circle sought a pure, representation-less language of image that could function as a sort of universal language in modern society and that mirrored the mystery and ordering of the universe. Already in 1917, Vantongerloo makes a few geometrical sculptures in which he gives form to the principles of pure image in three dimensions; one of these works is ‘Construction in the Sphere 2’ (‘Construction dans la sphère 2’).

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