Theo Van Doesburg biography
Born in Utrecht, Netherlands in 1883, Christian Küpper was officially registered as the son of Wilhelm Küpper and Henrietta Catharina Margadant but, unconvinced of his parentage, he took the name Theo Van Doesburg. Little is known of his early life, but he began painting naturalistic subjects c. 1899. In 1903 he began his military service, and near that time met his first wife, Agnita Feis, a Theosophist and poet. Between 1914 and 1915 the strong influence of Wassily Kandinsky became clear in his drawings and abstract works.
Theo Van Doesburg artWhile reviewing an exposition, Van Doesburg was introduced to the works of Piet Mondrian. In these works, he saw his ideal in painting: complete abstraction of reality. Soon after the exposition, Van Doesburg contacted Mondrian and with related artists Bart van der Leck, Anthony Kok, Vilmos Huszar, and J.J.P. Oud, they founded the magazine De Stijl in 1917.