In addition to being a painter, Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931) was an architect, designer, typographer, art critic, poet, editor and publisher. He was in pursuit of changes in all these disciplines, and, above all, in pursuit of a synthesis of art and life.
Van Doesburg was a man of contrasts and of polemics and some of his friendships ended in major arguments. From the start, he wanted to make contact with artists in foreign countries. In 1920 he travelled to Paris, via Belgium. From 1921 he lived abroad permanently in order to propagate the ideas of De Stijl and to join the international avant-garde.
Disappointed because he was not appointed a Bauhaus teacher, Van Doesburg moved to Paris in 1923, where he established the Art Concret movement in 1929.