|Composition with Yellow, Red, and Blue,|
1937-42, Piet Mondrian
|Red and Blue Chair, 1917, Gerrit Rietveld|
|Shroder House, 1923-24, Gerrit Rietveld|
De Stijl promoted the belief that there were two kinds of beauty, sensual (traditionally subjective) beauty and a higher rational, objective, universal beauty. It was this universal beauty that they sought to promote. Discarding representation subject matter and it's emotional baggage, they explored a dynamic symmetry as seen in Mondrian's Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow, painted in 1930. The architect Gerrit Rietveld applied Mondrian's squares and rectangles of these three primary colors along with black lines and white negative spaces in his Schroder house in Utrecht, the Netherlands. De Stijl wished to redecorate the entire world. Mondrian hoped to be the last artist. Earlier art, he felt, provided man with something lacking in his life. He reasoned that if we all lived in a world designed in line with his principles of universal beauty there would be no further need for art.