De Stijl was a Dutch artistic movement that also goes by the name of “neoplasticism.” It was founded by the artists Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian in 1917. They attempted to create a utopian ideal by reducing objects into pure, abstracted images that utilized horizontal and vertical lines as well as primary colors and “non-colors.” De Stijl artists were not concerned with accurately representing the true form, shape, and color of objects.