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Piet ZWART

Untitled (Machinery)

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print on Velox paper, 1930 circa

5 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches

Photographer's green ink stamp on verso.

Handwritten penciled notations on verso.

 

Piet Zwart (1885-1977), a Rotterdam-based designer and typographer, began his career working in the tradition of the Arts and Crafts movement, but radically reoriented his work in 1917 under the influence of the avante-garde De Stijl group. He was a member of the Circle of New Advertising Designers, a group of designers founded by Schwitters, who shared similar experimental interests. In addition to his commercial design projects, Zwart was also involved in leftist politics and the Dutch worker-photography movement.