Postage stamps celebrating 100 Years of De Stijl: Mondrian Dutch Design

06 May 2017, by

In celebrating 100 years of De Stijl, a Dutch design style deriving from famous painter Piet Mondrian (originally Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan, 1872 - 1944), the Dutch postal service is issuing 10 De Stijl postage stamps.

In partnership with Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, graphic design studio PutGootink shows how they went about designing the stamps in this video.

Mondrian’s work was characterised by intersecting perpendicular lines and planes of primary colours, together with text that followed a Neoplasticism style of the 1920s, which was undoubtedly influenced by abstract art.

The Mondrian style, De Stijl, grew out of a fusion of various artists and architects such as Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondriaan, Cornelis van Eesteren and J.J.P. Oud.

The designers, René Put and Brigitte Gootink explain their concept for creating the stamps out of the black and white images that were published in the famous Dutch magazine De Stijl in 1917 and then adding colour to them.

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