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Georges Vantongerloo
1886 - 1965
signed G. Vantongerloo, dated Paris 1949 and titled (on the reverse)
oil on panel
34.9 by 34.9cm., 13 3/4 by 13 3/4 in.
Painted in Paris in 1949.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Dr Jakob Bill.


Max Bill, Zurich (a friend of the artist, inherited directly in 1965)
Dr Jakob Bill, Switzerland (by descent from the above in 1994)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1998


Zurich, Kunsthaus Zürich, Georges Vantongerloo, 1981
São Paulo, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, XXIV Bienal de São Paulo: Núcleo Histórico: Antropofagia e histórias de Canibalismo, 1998
Paris, Galerie Denise René, Georges Vantongerloo/Max Bill, 1998
Austin, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Dynamic Oppositions: Venezuelan Abstract-Constructive Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, 1999-2001
Barcelona, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) & London, Hayward Gallery, Force Fields: Phases of the Kinetic, 2000, illustrated in the catalogue

Catalogue Note

Together with Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg and Bart van der Leck, Georges Vantongerloo was one of the founding members of the De Stijl group in 1917 and as such was a major contributor to the development of abstract art in the early 20th century.

He worked particularly closely alongside Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg. Like them, Vantongerloo used a limited and carefully selected repertoire of forms and colours, but in comparison to Mondrian and Doesburg, Vantongerloo did not limit himself to lines and primary colours but also used other forms such as circles and curved lines as well as mixed colours. 

The present work was formerly in the collection of Vantongerloo’s fellow artist and close friend Max Bill; together they shared an extraordinarily diverse range of interests including fine art, design, architecture and philosophy. Today, the Georges Vantongerloo Stiftung is housed in the Max Bill House in Zumikon, Zurich.

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