Child's Wheelbarrow

Toy
Date of appearance: 1923
Materials: Metal, Painted wood
Made in: Netherlands
Manufacturer: G.A. van de Groenekan
Author: Gerrit Thomas Rietveld
Dimensions: 318 × 851 × 289 mm
Colors: yellow, red, black, white
Designer: Gerrit Rietveld


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.

Child's Wheelbarrow