Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart

German (1899 - 1962)
Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart Composition 14 1925 © The ESTATE OF FRIEDRICH VORDEMBERGE-GILDEWART


Born 1899
Died 1962
Nationality German
Birth place Osnabrück
Death place Ulm

Born in Germany, Vordemberge-Gildewart studied architecture and sculpture in Hanover. He became a close friend of the artist Kurt Schwitters, who also lived there. Vordemberge-Gildewart was one of the first artists to work in an abstract style throughout his career, instead of arriving at abstraction through a process of reduction, as Picasso, Braque and Mondrian had done. He began making constructivist-influenced paintings in 1919 and 1920 and from 1925 had close ties with the Dutch De Stijl group. Vordemberge-Gildewart lived in Paris in the mid-1920s, designing posters and catalogues as well as pursuing his own artistic agenda.

Glossary terms

  • The name of a Dutch art and design journal edited by Theo van Doesburg from 1917 to 1932 and the movement associated with it, which included Piet Mondrian. They were concerned with finding a harmonious balance in life and art, and the associated visual style is simple abstraction, characterised by strong horizontal and vertical lines and primary colours.