JDSP: Red-Blue” Chair— Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

Junior Docent Student Work

Reproduction Artwork by Waylon Lanser

Waylon LanserLuther Burbank Elementary

This artwork was designed by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld in 1917, but it didn’t actually get built until 1950. So the art work has colors of black, yellow, blue, and red. The shape is simple and a little weird thing of sticks. The form is also weird but it was fun to draw. It probably costs a lot more then a castle. It looks smooth as sanded wood. It has a lot of space with all the flat surfaces and different angles, but also little spaces that you can see through. I bet it was a complicated process to make this because the design was made a long time before it got built. That is what I like about this, it is hard. It is strong. It is fancy. It is fantastic.

Artist and Artwork

Designed by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (Dutch, 1888–1964)
Manufactured by Gerard van de Groenekan (Dutch, 1904–1994)
“Red-Blue” Chair, designed 1917–18, produced ca. 1950
Painted beech and plywood
34 15/16 × 23 5/8 × 25 7/8 in. (88.74 × 60.02 × 65.72 cm)
Layton Art Collection Inc., Purchase L1984.139
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York