Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is De Stijl?

What is De Stijl?

De Stijl, meaning Style, was a group of Dutch artists who created abstract art which adhered to vertical and horizontal geometry. The group was founded by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg. Mondrian left De Stijl when Van Doesburg began using diagonal geometry.

Graphite

Graphite is a form of carbon usually used to create the core of a pencil. It can be compressed to different levels of hardness. It’s power form is applied using a brush. Graphite erases easily. It was discovered in England’s Lake District in the 1500s.

Tempera

Tempera is a paint traditionally made with colored pigments and egg yolks. The paint dries quickly and lasts a very long time. Some examples still remain from 100 AD. Modern tempera paint uses glue size with the colored pigments instead of egg yolks.

Photogravure

Photogravure is a high-quality printing process where a photograph is etched onto a copper plate. The plate is then inked and pressed onto paper, creating fine art prints with a distinctive, detailed appearance. This method, developed in the 19th century, is celebrated for its ability to produce soft tones and rich textures, making it ideal for art reproductions.

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