Bauhaus 1919-1933 : Weimar, Dessau, Berlin by Michael Siebenbrodt

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Bauhaus : 1919-1933

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If you can achieve this without aids such as knife, scissors and glue, even better. qxp 12/06/2009 09:44 Page 43 Anonymous, Texture study from the preliminary course with Johannes Itten, collage, 1919 Theobald Emil Müller-Hummel, Cube sculpture/light sculpture from the preliminary course with Johannes Itten, 1919/20 Rudolph Lutz, Study of composition and structure from the preliminary course with Johannes Itten, 1919 Vincent Weber, Study of matter (2), 1920/21 Nikolai Wassiljew, Spiral tower from the preliminary course with Johannes Itten, c.

22 Stimulated by the contrast theory of German painter Adolf Hölzel, who had also taken his ideas from Itten’s course, Hirschfeld-Mack invented the optical colour mixer in order to demonstrate the connection between quantity and intensity contrasts on the basis of the optical mixing by movement (rotation) of coloured areas. It was based on Itten and Kandinsky’s suggestion that Hirschfeld-Mack’s seminar should also discuss the binding assignment of the three primary colours red, yellow and blue to the basic shapes circle, triangle and square.

Paul Klee returned to his hometown of Berne the same year. Also in 1933, Josef Albers went to the USA and became one of the first Bauhaus teachers to teach at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. László MoholyNagy became head of the “New Bauhaus” in Chicago in 1937, where several Bauhaus graduates worked in the years following. Lyonel Feininger, too, emigrated in 1937 to the USA with Herbert Bayer, while Johannes Itten was drawn to Zurich in 1939. qxp 7/27/2009 10:51 AM Page 37 Bauhaus teachers Oskar Schlemmer, Georg Muche and Gerhard Marcks, whose works had been categorised as “degenerate”, however, stayed in Germany.

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