Bauhaus (World of Art)


Traces the history of the German school of art, the Bauhaus, and examines the activities of its teachers and students.

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Traces the history of the German school of art, the Bauhaus, and examines the activities of its teachers and students.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Founded in 1919 in Weimar Germany amidst unparalleled economic and political chaos, the Bauhaus design school broke down barriers between fine arts, crafts and industry. British art historian Whitford here gathers Bauhaus participants' diaries, letters, manifestos and essays from journals, exhibition catalogues and newspapers, including much material never before translated into English. Through writings by Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Gunta Stolzl, Mies van der Rohe, Anni Alberts, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger and others, we witness the clashes of personality and of ideas that fueled the institute's creative ferment and follow its continual struggle for survival, which ended with the Berlin branch shut down by the Gestapo in 1933. More than 230 illustrations re-create the Bauhaus's innovations in painting, architecture, lithographs, typography, textiles, kinetic sculpture, metalware, furniture, pottery and costume design. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500201930
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/28/1984
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,176,350
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Whitford was born in 1941 and educated at Wadham College, Oxford, the Courtauld Institute, London and the Freie Universitat, West Berlin. After a career as a journalist and a cartoonist, he taught at University College London, and then in Cambridge, where he is still attached to Wolfson College. Well known as a broadcaster and lecturer, he was for many years Tutor in Cultural History at the Royal College of Art, London. His other books include Klimt and Bauhaus (also in the World of Art Series); Oskar Kokoschka, A Life; Expressionist Paintings and the prize-winning Japanese Prints and Western Painters.

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Table of Contents

Preface 6
Chronology 8
The Prehistory of the Bauhaus 12
Beauty and function 17
The Dawn of Change in Art Education 19
Weimar: The Art Academy and the School of Arts and Crafts 21
Walter Gropius the Architect 24
The Appointment of Gropius to Weimar 28
The First Years: Weimar, 1919-25 30
The Bauhaus Manifesto 38
First Impressions 42
Against the Odds 43
Gropius as Director 46
The Preliminary Course 53
Itten the Mystic 62
The Elementary Courses: Form and Colour 69
The Workshops 84
The Sommerfeld House 106
The Students 112
Bauhaus Parties 120
Van Doesburg in Weimar 126
The Question of Architecture 132
Changing Direction 134
The Bauhaus Week 141
The Haus am Horn 153
Moholy-Nagy 159
The Preliminary Course under Moholy-Nagy 167
The Metal Workshop under Moholy-Nagy 170
The Other Workshops after the Change in Direction 177
The Cry for Architecture 185
New Interests - Photography, Typography 186
From the Outset: Attacks from the Right 191
Departure from Weimar 193
The Second Phase: Dessau, 1925-32 198
The New Buildings, Dessau 204
Gropius: Principles of Bauhaus Production 216
A New Spirit . . . 217
. . . and Old Metaphysics 219
The Preliminary Course under Albers 223
New Teachers, New Workshops 228
The Weaving Workshop 234
The Graphics Workshop 240
The Bauhaus Stage 244
Hannes Meyer and the New Department of Architecture 250
The Departure of Gropius 254
Hannes Meyer as Director 257
The Primacy of Architecture 261
Painting Classes - Official! 264
'Art is Order' in the Workshops 267
Interviews with Students 271
The New Photography Department 276
The 'Metal' Party 278
Bauhaus 'Style'? 280
Meyer's Dismissal 281
Mies van der Rohe as Director 287
Architecture and Town Planning 291
Growing Hostility from Outside 294
The Final Phase: Berlin, 1932-33 298
The Move to Berlin and the End of the Bauhaus 300
Postscript 306
Guide to Principal Personalities 312
Bibliography 315
Sources of Documents 316
Picture Acknowledgements 321
Index 327
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