: a school of art founded in Holland in 1917 typically using rectangular forms and the primary colors plus black and white and asymmetric balance

Examples of de Stijl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paintings based on First Nations designs or beadwork also emulate the orderliness of Germany’s Bauhaus school and the Netherlands’ de Stijl movement. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 18 July 2023 In 1936, MoMA’s first director Alfred H. Barr Jr. drew a famous diagram of modern art’s development, with arrows leading from Cézanne to Cubism, thence to de Stijl and Dada, and triumphantly to abstraction. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 26 Nov. 2020

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Word History


Dutch De Stijl, literally, the style, magazine published by members of the school

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of de Stijl was in 1917

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“De Stijl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/de%20Stijl. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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