Definition of neoplasticism in English:



  • 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.

    • ‘The style known as neoplasticism only uses vertical and horizontal lines; white, black primary colors red, yellow and blue.’
    • ‘Before Piet Mondrian became an originator of De Stijl (or neoplasticism), he painted windmills, cows, and meadows.’
    • ‘His style, which he called neoplasticism, avoided both the reproduction of real objects or even filtered perceptions of real objects (as in impressionism).’
    • ‘Lichtenstein's art is entirely different from neoplasticism but at least some of it is structurally very simple as in the case of those shown below.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Repeatedly Oiticica and Clark refer to neoplasticism and suprematism.’
    • ‘The repercussions of neoplasticism have been widespread, affecting not only art but design and architecture as well.’
    • ‘In keeping with the assumptions underlying first neoplasticism and subsequently concrete art, he sought - in the words of van Doesburg - to free the media of expression from all of their particular aspects so as to be in harmony with the ultimate purpose of art, which is to reach the universal language.’
    • ‘The term neoplasticism was coined by Mondrian's friend the Dutch mathematician and theosophist M.J.H. Schoenmaekers.’
    • ‘By developing the original ideas of neoplasticism, a free mode of structuring has been achieved, that can be adapted to the most diverse building projects.’
    • ‘Cubism and some of its progeny, suprematism, neoplasticism, constructivism, futurism, were its aesthetic foundation.’
    • ‘In 1910 he went to Paris, where the influence of cubism stimulated the development of his geometric, nonobjective style, which he called neoplasticism.’


1920s: coined by Piet Mondrian.