Term adopted by the Dutch pioneer of abstract art, Mondrian, for his own type of abstract painting. From Dutch de nieuwe beelding. Basically means new art (painting and sculpture are plastic arts). Also applied to the work of De Stijl circle of artists, at least up to Mondrian’s secession from the group in 1923.
"Art should not concern itself with reproducing images of real objects, but only express the universal absolutes that underlie reality." Piet Mondrian
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