Pencil on paper, signed
7 x 10 in.
Provenance: Gift of the artist to the artist Marie Walker Last
Dutch painter César Domela was one of the most innovative and influential artists working in Europe during the mid 20 th. Century. Afriend of Theo van Doesburg and Piet Modrian, Domela’s own theories on using geometrical forms and abstraction in art interested the other artists who invited him to join the De Stilj movement they had founded.This famous movement forged a new pictoral language, independent from figurative representation and centered on universal principles: The use of straight lines, squared angles and neutral or primary colours. Earlier in his career he had exhibited with the influential November Group in Berlin. He later lived in Switzerland and Paris having fled Nazi Germany.Nine of his paintings are in the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and a room inside the museum is dedicated to the painter.