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Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931)
Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931)

Stained-Glass Composition VIII

Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931)
Stained-Glass Composition VIII
stained glass
31 3/4 x 13 3/8 in. (80.5 x 34 cm.)
Conceived and executed in 1918-1919
Acquired by the present owner directly from the Rotterdam housing association.
Theo van Doesburg, De Stijl, Vol. IV, no. 5, 1921, p. 78 (illustrated; titled 'Glas-in-lood compositie VII').
A. Novi, Details d’architecture interieure, Paris, 1929 (another example illustrated).
W.F. Gouwe, Glas in lood, Rotterdam, 1932, p. 57.
S. Polano, Theo van Doesburg. Scritti di arte e di architettura, Rome, 1979, no. ARCH16, pp. 540-41, (illustrated fig. 98; titled 'Vetrata compositione VII').
H. Esser, ‘J.J.P. Oud’ in: C. Blotkamp, et al., De beginjaren van De Stijl, 1917-1922, Utrecht, 1982, p. 140.
H. Oud H., J.J.P Oud, Architekt 1890-1963. Feiten en herinneringen gerangschikt, The Hauge, 1984, pp. 42-43.
A. Valstar, ‘Een glas-in-loondontwerp van Theo van Doesburg’ in Jong Holland, vol. 1, June 1985, no. 2, (the artist's images illustrated p. 6).
E. Van Straaten, Theo van Doesburg. Schilder en architect (Painter and architect), The Hague 1988, pp. 60-61 (other examples illustrated figs. 45-49).
J. Beckett, Colour theory and formations of the Dutch avant-garde 1900-1926, diss., Courtauld Institute of Art, 1988, pp. 243-247 (another examples illustrated fig. 68-69).
A. de Jongh-Vermeulen & D. Wintgens-Hatte (eds.), ‘Theo van Doesburg. Een avant-gardist in Leiden, 1916-1921’ in Dageraad van de Moderne Kunst. Leiden en omgeving 1890-1940, Zwolle/Leiden, 1999, p. 246 (another example illustrated fig. 378).
E. Hoek (ed.), Theo van Doesburg. Oeuvre catalogus, Utrecht, 2000, no. 612.I, pp. 242-243 (another example illustrated).

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Lot Essay

Between October 1918 and March 1919 Van Doesburg produced two designs for stained glass windows above the front doors of the Rotterdam Spangen housing project - blocks I and V were designed by the architect J.J.P. Oud. Van Doesburg settled on two designs titled Composition VIII (the present lots) and Composition IX - both were bases on abstracted views from the artist's studio on the Kort Galgewater in Leiden. Five colour variations of Composition VIII are known. The windows were produced by the Atelier J.W. Gips in The Haugue and were arrange above the doors in a series of cyclical shifts.

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