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RIJKSLANDBOUWWINTERSCHOOL (AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL)
C.R. DE BOER, 1920-1922, Torenstraat 12, Drachten
Cees de Boer
Theo van Doesburg
Buildings for education
In October 1920, Drachten’s municipal architect C.R. de Boer (1881-1966) invited Theo van Doesburg to design a stained glass window for his agricultural school (full name: Rijkslandbouwwinterschool) in Drachten. Van Doesburg made two windows with abstracted depictions of figures working the land: sowing, mowing, digging and grubbing. The small window is horizontal. The large one at the stairwell is vertical and divided into two. So as to have the school harmonize with the surrounding neighbourhood Van Doesburg also advised on the colours for the window and door frames, doors and gutters as well as for the interior. Because Van Doesburg, who had lived in Weimar since 1921 and worked at the Bauhaus, failed to submit his colour schemes before painting had begun, this was not done in accordance with his design. The 1988 reconstruction set this matter right.