Neoplasticism/Principles

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NEOPLASTICISM

Principles


I.

In general, the overall subject of art is balanced proportion and harmony.


II.

This can be expressed in two ways:
A. Indirectly, by means of nature (i.e. with means derived from nature. The artist uses a certain methodology. So-called Old Art).
B. Directly: completely by means of art (i.e. with nothing else other than elementary characteristic expression provided by art itself. The artist rejects every resource. So-called New Art).


III.

The work of art also depends on experience (aesthetical, ethical, literary or social).


IV.

In the most modern artistic expression—at least in its consequence (so-called Abstract Art or Neoplasticism)—a maximum of expression of the idea of art is achieved.


V.

The various movements (between A and B, principle II), including Dadaism, were developmental and intermediary stages towards a new style.