Theo van Doesburg: "A work of art does not derive from nature but is an autonomous reality composed of colour and form, an object for intellectual and spiritual use."…Art "should receive nothing from nature’s formal properties or from sensulaity or sentimentality. We want to exclude lyricism, dramaticism, symbolism…"
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“Art should receive nothing from nature’s formal properties or from sensulaity or sentimentality. We want to exclude lyricism, dramaticism, symbolism, etc…. The picture should be constructed entirely from purely plastic elements, that is to say planes and colours. A pictorial element has no other significance than ‘itself’ and therefore the picture has no other significance than ‘itself’…. Technique should be mechanical, that is to say, anti-impressionistic”Tate: Concrete Art
Term introduced by Van Doesburg in 1930 ‘Manifesto of Concrete Art’ published in the first and only issue of magazine Art Concret. He called for a type of abstract art that would be entirely free of any basis in observed reality and that would have no symbolic implications…