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Composition 14
© Estate of Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, Courtesy of Annely Juda Fine Art, London

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Composition 14 1925

Not on display

Although the geometric paintings of Vordemberge-Gildewart resemble the work of Mondrian, the approaches of the two artists were entirely different. While Mondrian's art evolved from his spiritual beliefs, Vordemberge-Gildewart shunned all association with spirituality, symbol and metaphor. He argued that art represented nothing but itself, advocating what he called 'Absolute Art': 'The spiritual in art does not exist. .. For absolute art, so-called content and object are totally impossible.' This austere approach was reflected in the titles of his paintings which are simply numerical. The artist declared that it was his aim to reconcile art and technology.

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A figure of speech in which one thing stands for another. By extension, it is any representation that symbolically refers to something else.



  • Acc. No. GMA 2148
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 104.80 x 104.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1980