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In 1918, the architect Gerrit Thomas Rietveld designed a chair that affected not only furniture design, but the history of architecture. Rietveld's "Red and Blue" chair is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and it is a chair I love.

As art, it answers a big question in every person's life: how can we have both energy and repose at once? Eli Siegel, the great American poet, critic, and founder of the education, Aesthetic Realism, asks, in his Fifteen Questions of 1955: "Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites?" And, in his "Comment on the Relation of Life to the Fifteen Opposites," of 1964, he wrote:
The opposites that as living beings we are most interested in, perhaps, are tranquillity and excitement, or repose and stir. Tranquillity or repose by itself is boredom, uselessness. Excitement or stir by itself is uncertainty, sloppiness, fidgetiness, indecisiveness, the plague of unwilling motion. Tranquillity and excitement are one in all art. When they exist together in a person, that person is happy. 

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In 1918, the architect Gerrit Thomas Rietveld designed a chair that affected not only furniture design, but the history of architecture. Rietveld's "Red and Blue" chair is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and it is a chair I love.

As art, it answers a big question in every person's life: how can we have both energy and repose at once? Eli Siegel, the great American poet, critic, and founder of the education, Aesthetic Realism, asks, in his Fifteen Questions of 1955: "Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites?" And, in his "Comment on the Relation of Life to the Fifteen Opposites," of 1964, he wrote:
The opposites that as living beings we are most interested in, perhaps, are tranquillity and excitement, or repose and stir. Tranquillity or repose by itself is boredom, uselessness. Excitement or stir by itself is uncertainty, sloppiness, fidgetiness, indecisiveness, the plague of unwilling motion. Tranquillity and excitement are one in all art. When they exist together in a person, that person is happy.  More...

 
    Gerrit Rietveld, Designer/Architect
  Gerrit Rietveld, Designer/Architect
In 1911, Rietveld started his own furniture factory, while studying architecture. Rietveld designed the 'Red and Blue Chair' in 1918, influenced by the 'De Stijl' movement, of which he became a member in 1919, the same year in which he became an arch...
 
    Composition Red Blue Yellow, Mondrian
  Composition Red Blue Yellow, Mondrian
The 20th century is distinguished in art history for one invention above all: abstraction. The Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) was a pioneer in this development. His reputation rests on about 250 abstract paintings dating from 1917 to 1944, a...
 
       
 
         
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