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In 1930 the Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg published the Manifesto for Concrete Art. Although he speaks about painting, these basic rules apply to all art, including sculpture.
BASIS OF CONCRETE PAINTING We say: 1. Art is universal. 2. A work of art must be entirely conceived and shaped by the mind before its execution. It shall not receive anything of nature’s or sensuality’s or sentimentality’s formal data. We want to exclude lyricism, drama, symbolism, and so on. 3. The painting must be entirely built up with purely plastic elements, namely surfaces and colors. A pictorial element does not have any meaning beyond “itself”; as a consequence, a painting does not have any meaning other than “itself”. 4. The construction of a painting, as well as that of its elements, must be simple and visually controllable. 5. The painting technique must be mechanic, i.e., exact, anti-impressionistic. 6. An effort toward absolute clarity is mandatory.