Definition of neoplasticism in English:


Syllabification: ne·o·plas·ti·cism
Pronunciation: /ˌnēōˈplastiˌsizəm


  • A style of abstract painting developed by Piet Mondrian, using only vertical and horizontal lines and rectangular shapes in black, white, gray, and primary colors.
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    • The term neoplasticism was coined by Mondrian's friend the Dutch mathematician and theosophist M.J.H. Schoenmaekers.
    • The repercussions of neoplasticism have been widespread, affecting not only art but design and architecture as well.
    • It may also require his personality, for the equilibrium of neoplasticism was his answer to the anarchy and sensuality of organic nature that he found so repugnant.


1920s: coined by Piet Mondrian.

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