The Manifesto was published in November 1918. The Dutch text was used as the introduction to the second volume of the magazine "De Stijl". De Stijl was a group of radical artists and architects who searched for a new world order caused by World War I.
"De Stijl" prophesied a new style, a new aesthetic that combined architecture, painting and sculpture. They opposed individualism, arbitrariness, traditions and supported an internationally oriented way of life. Art was declared to be clear, elementary and sentimentless.
The manifestos of De Stijl, its art and architecture significantly influenced the developments of European architecture schools and architects. The Bauhaus in Germany, for example, used many of De Stijl's impulses to develop its own concepts.