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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
Angler (mit Sonne)
woodcut on Japanese paper
4 in x 5 9/16 in (10.16 cm x 14.13 cm)
Museum Purchase
Josef Albers
Umgeben
woodcut on paper
22 1/16 in x 18 1/16 in (56.04 cm x 45.88 cm);7 ½ in x 9 4/5 in (19.05 cm x 24.92 cm);13 15/16 in x 19 4/5 in (35.4 cm x 50.32 cm)
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser
László Moholy-Nagy
Konstruktionen (6)
lithograph on paper
23 3/4 x 17 5/16 in. (60.17 x 43.97 cm);32 1/8 x 26 1/8 in. (81.6 x 66.36 cm)
The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
This abstract composition has two black half circles, and a large one with the rounded side to the left balanced precariously on a smaller one with the rounded side to the right. At the top, five yellow stripes hang from a line extending from the top half circle. At the bottom, the entire structure balances atop three sides to a square. In the upper right corner is a cone shape outlined in small black dots.
Lothar Schreyer
The Night
lithograph and watercolor on paper
17 7/8 in x 11 7/8 in (45.4 cm x 30.2 cm);17 7/8 in x 11 7/8 in (45.4 cm x 30.16 cm);11 1/2 in x 6 3/4 in (29.21 cm x 17.15 cm);19 1/4 in x 14 1/4 in (48.9 cm x 36.2 cm)
Museum Purchase
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
lithograph on paper
9 1/8 in x 14 3/4 in (23.18 cm x 37.47 cm);22 1/16 in x 28 1/16 in (56.04 cm x 71.28 cm);13 3/16 in x 19 in (33.5 cm x 48.26 cm);9 1/8 in x 14 3/4 in (23.18 cm x 37.47 cm)
Gift of Carl Fredric Clarke
Josef Albers
Opposite
woodblock print on paper
9 11/16 in x 9 7/16 in (24.61 cm x 23.97 cm);13 15/16 in x 19 11/16 in (35.4 cm x 50.01 cm);22 in x 17 15/16 in (55.88 cm x 45.56 cm)
Museum Purchase
Two tall, rectangular intersecting planes, one black and one white, create the appearance of a tall, minimal structure. Vertical lines of black and white add to the structure, which at its base projects slightly into a rough square shape that seems to delineate a kind of ground or base. The space around the structure is ochre.
László Moholy-Nagy
Construction (Konstruktion)
color lithograph on paper
23 1/4 x 17 1/4 in. (59.06 x 43.82 cm);28 1/16 x 22 1/16 in. (71.28 x 56.04 cm);23 1/4 x 17 1/4 in. (59.06 x 43.82 cm)
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser
pen and ink drawing on half inch grid graph paper ruled in blue
Josef Albers
Untitled (Structural Constellation drawing)
pen and ink on half inch grid graph paper ruled in blue
8 1/16 in x 11 in (20.48 cm x 27.94 cm);8 1/16 in x 11 in (20.48 cm x 27.94 cm)
Gift of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in memory of Charles H. Sawyer
Lyonel Feininger
Connecticut Hills
watercolor and ink on white paper
11 4/5 in x 18 ⅛ in (30 cm x 46.04 cm);26 1/16 in x 32 1/16 in (66.2 cm x 81.44 cm);11 4/5 in x 18 ⅛ in (30 cm x 46.04 cm)
Museum Purchase
László Moholy-Nagy
Militarism (Militarismus)
gelatin silver print from rephotographed photomontage on paper
7 1/16 in x 5 1/8 in (17.94 cm x 13.02 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49.05 cm x 36.35 cm);7 1/16 in x 5 1/8 in (17.94 cm x 13.02 cm);6 3/4 in x 4 13/16 in (17.15 cm x 12.22 cm)
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
László Moholy-Nagy
Konstruktionen (6)
lithograph on paper
32 1/8 x 26 1/8 in. (81.6 x 66.36 cm);23 3/4 x 17 5/16 in. (60.33 x 43.97 cm)
The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
Photograph looking straight down onto a built landscape.
László Moholy-Nagy
From the Radio Tower, Berlin
gelatin silver print on paper
9 15/16 in x 7 ½ in (25.24 cm x 19.05 cm);18 in x 14 in (45.72 cm x 35.56 cm);9 15/16 in x 7 ½ in (25.24 cm x 19.05 cm)
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson

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Part of 3 Learning Collections

44 Collection Object Sources

The Night (1948/1.436)
Umgeben (1961/2.43)
Off the Coast (1953/1.28)
Opposite (1953/2.2)
Connecticut Hills (1958/1.136)
Man with Pigeon (2001/1.381)
Troistedt (1952/2.7)
Manhattan I (1983/1.188)
Village Church (1948/1.59)
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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