On View: Decorative Art, 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
The child's wheelbarrow is based on a toy that Gerrit Rietveld made in 1923 for the son of J. J. P. Oud, the owner of the armchair also displayed here. The wheelbarrow exemplifies the stylistic characteristics of De Stijl: it is composed of elemental geometric forms—rectangular planes, elongated cylinders, and a disk for the wheel—painted in primary colors and made of inexpensive wood. Revived interest in Rietveld in the mid-twentieth century led to this later production of the wheelbarrow.
Wood. pigment, metal
designed 1923; made 1958
13 × 27 1/2 × 11 in. (33 × 69.9 × 27.9 cm)
display measurement: 13 × 11 × 29 in. (33 × 27.9 × 73.7 cm) (show scale)
Marie Bernice Bitzer Fund
Large flat red wheel with two long white painted handle rods with black ends extending from axel that support main section of barrel with yellow painted triangular sides and black rectangular bottom.
Gerrit Th. Rietveld (Dutch, 1888-1964). Child's Wheelbarrow, designed 1923; made 1958. Wood. pigment, metal, 13 × 27 1/2 × 11 in. (33 × 69.9 × 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Marie Bernice Bitzer Fund, 2001.87. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2001.87_threequarter_back.jpg)
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