"Fantastic Cubistic Landscape"
Edmond van Dooren (Belgian, 1896-1965)
Oil on board
17 x 23 (27 3/4 x 34 frame) inches
Through his artistic vision, Edmond van Dooren (Belgian, 1896-1965) sought to introduce the universal language of abstraction as a means of conveying the force and dynamism of life. The fragmentation of his designs and structures, with an oblique angularity that appears to reference the prismatic composition of Stadtvision (a utopian, modernist city design), exemplifies van Dooren's exploration of semi-abstract form, based on the structural patterns and pace of the natural world. Van Dooren's fantastic landscapes invoke life as a triumphant and vibrant experience and are an expression of his utopian vision.
The painter was amongst the forefront of Belgium's avant-garde art scene, and developed his distinctly precipitous variation of cubist and futurist ideas in 1918. It was in this year that van Dooren would found the Moderne Kunst group with Jozef Peeters to provide a link between the avant-garde in Belgium and abroad. Inspired by van Doesburg's De Stijl publication, Moderne Kunst established the influential periodical Het Overzicht (The Overview). The periodical was one of the most important reviews in Europe for abstract and constructivist art, and served as an important rallying point for progressive contemporary art until its suspension in 1925.
Van Dooren was also noted for his contributions to the group's series of exhibitions and conferences throughout the 1920s, which promoted the work of Magritte, Archipenko, Balla, Klee, Schwitters and Vantongerloo, amongst others. Moderne Kunst played a significant role in bringing international modernism to the attention of the Belgian art community and van Dooren's association with these artists reinforced his exploration of a geometric abstraction that responds to the modern environment and posits new ideas about the nature of form and space.
Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp
Royal Museum of Fine Arts Belgium
Kunstmueum Ostend, Belgium
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