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Artists of the Bauhaus

This portfolio showcases the work of artists associated with the Bauhaus. Founded in Weimar in 1919 by Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus was a school of art and design. Its unique curriculum combined fine arts with applied arts, in an effort to bring art into every aspect of daily life. After completing a general foundation course, students attended specialized workshops in disciplines such as carpentry, metalwork, typography, printing and advertising, photography, weaving, and ceramics. The Bauhaus was in three locations – Weimar (1919-1925), Dessau (1925-1932), and Berlin (1932-1933), and was under the leadership of three directors – Walter Gropius (1919-1928), Hannes Meyer (1928-1930), and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1930-1933). The Bauhaus was dissolved in 1933 by the Nazis. This portfolio brings together work by some of the professors and central figures associated with the Bauhaus. It includes work from both the Bauhaus years and the years immediately following it. As such, it offers the opportunity to approach the work in a comparative way – both across artists, as well as time periods. One can trace, for example, the development of Lyonel Feininger’s early woodcuts in 1919, to his lithographs of the early 1950s. One of the key themes to emerge from this selection of work is abstraction, which can be seen across the artists and various media.

Lyonel Feininger
Manhattan I
1951
lithograph | paper
Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection
1983/1.188
Lyonel Feininger
Angler (mit Sonne)
1919
woodcut | Japanese paper
Museum Purchase
1948/1.350
This is a black and white abstracted view of a ship with white sails. Most of the area around the ship is shaded, except for a beam of light that cuts diagonally across the print from top left to bottom right.
Lyonel Feininger
Off the Coast
1951
lithograph | paper
Gift of Carl Fredric Clarke
1953/1.28
Lyonel Feininger
Connecticut Hills
1950
watercolor and ink | white paper
Museum Purchase
1958/1.136
Lyonel Feininger
Troistedt
1919
woodcut | Japanese paper
Museum Purchase
1952/2.7
Lyonel Feininger
Village Church
1931
woodcut | Japanese paper
Museum Purchase
1948/1.59
Josef Albers
Umgeben
1933
woodcut | paper
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser
1961/2.43
Josef Albers
Opposite
1933
woodblock print | paper
Museum Purchase
1953/2.2
László Moholy-Nagy
Militarism (Militarismus)
1924
gelatin silver print from rephotographed photomontage | paper
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1988/1.134
László Moholy-Nagy
Man with Pigeon
1933
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Wanda K. Capps
2001/1.381
László Moholy-Nagy
Konstruktionen (6)
1923
lithograph | paper
The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
1969/2.61
László Moholy-Nagy
Konstruktionen (6)
1923
lithograph | paper
The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
1969/2.62

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Part of 3 Learning Collections

44 Collection Object Sources

Manhattan I (1983/1.188)
Off the Coast (1953/1.28)
Connecticut Hills (1958/1.136)
Troistedt (1952/2.7)
Village Church (1948/1.59)
Umgeben (1961/2.43)
Opposite (1953/2.2)
Man with Pigeon (2001/1.381)
The Night (1948/1.436)
Boy with Lyre (2004/1.133)
Standing Youth (1963/2.11)
Noah and the Dove (1960/2.156)
Figure (1952/1.84)

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