“There is no need to express art in nature's terms. Art can well be expressed in terms pertaining to geometry and to exact sciences”
Georges Vantongerloo was a Belgian abstract painter and sculptor. In 1914 he moved to The Netherlands, where he met Theo van Doesburg who invited him to become a member of the De Stijl group in 1917.
He adhered to abstract art and from then started to paint orthogonal compositions in line with neo-plasticism. At the same time, he also worked as a sculptor: he created several geometric constructions reflecting architectural utopias. From the end of the Twenties, his desire to rationalize creation in plastic art and his interest in mathematics – to whose laws he subjected his compositions – anticipated the typical aspects of concrete art.
He settled in Paris in 1927 and in 1931 he founded the Abstraction-Création group. After a few years he abandoned straight lines in favour of curves and wavy lines. During this period, his sculpture in metal and plexiglass focused on the transparency and brightness of space. His ideas are summarized in the book "Paintings, Sculptures, Reflections" (New York, 1948).